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Realism With A Human Face

Author : Hilary Putnam
ISBN : 0674749456
Genre : Philosophy
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The time has come to reform philosophy, says Hilary Putnam, one of America's great philosophers. He calls upon philosophers to attend to the gap between the present condition of their subject and the human aspirations that philosophy should and once did claim to represent. Putnam's goal is to embed philosophy in social life. The first part of this book is dedicated to metaphysical questions. Putnam rejects the contemporary metaphysics that insists on describing both the mind and the world from a God's-eye view. In its place he argues for pluralism, for a philosophy that is not a closed systematic method but a human practice connected to real life. Philosophy has a task, to be sure, but it is not to provide an inventory of the basic furniture of the universe or to separate reality in itself from our own projections. Putnam makes it clear that science is not in the business of describing a ready-made world, and philosophy should not be in that business either. The author moves on to show that the larger human context in which science matters is a world of values animated by ethics and aesthetic judgments. No adequate philosophy should try to explain away ethical facts. The dimension of history is added in the third part of the book. Here Putnam takes up a set of American philosophers, some firmly within and others outside the canon of analytic philosophy, such as William James and C. S. Peirce, and he explores the pragmatist contribution to philosophy from James to Quine and Goodman. This book connects issues in metaphysics with cultural and literary issues and argues that the collapse of philosophical realism does not entail a fall into the abyss of relativism and postmodern skepticism. It is aimed primarily at philosophers but should appeal to a wide range of humanists and social scientists.

Realism And Sociology

Author : Justin Cruickshank
ISBN : 0415436850
Genre : Social Science
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In recent years, methodological debates in the social sciences have increasingly focused on issues relating to epistemology. Realism and Sociology makes an original contribution to the debate, charting a middle ground between postmodernism and positivism. Critics often hold that realism tries to assume some definitive account of reality. Against this it is argued throughout the book that realism can combine a strong definition of social reality with an anti-foundational approach to knowledge. The position of realist anti-foundationalism that is argued for is developed and defended via the use of immanent critiques. These deal primarily with post-Wittgensteinian positions that seek to define knowledge and social reality in terms of 'rule-following practices' within different 'forms of life' and 'language games'. Specifically, the argument engages with Rorty's neo-pragmatism and the structuration theory of Giddens. The philosophy of Popper is also drawn upon in a critically appreciative way. While the positions of Rorty and Giddens seek to deflate the claims of 'grand theory', albeit in different ways, they both end up with definitive claims about knowledge and reality that preclude social research. By avoiding the general deflationary approach that relies on reference to 'practices', realism is able to combine a strong social ontology with an anti-foundational epistemology, and thus act as an underlabourer for empirical research.

Gods Of The Morning

Author : John Lister-Kaye
ISBN : 9781782114161
Genre : Nature
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'No one writes more movingly, or with such transporting poetic skill, about encounters with wild creatures. Its pages course with sympathy, humility, and wisdom' Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk From his home deep in a Scottish glen, John Lister-Kaye has watched and come to understand intimately the movements and habits of the animals, and in particular the birds, that inhabit the wild and magnificent Highlands. Drawing on a lifetime of observation, Gods of the Morning is his wise and affectionate celebration of the British countryside and the birds that come and go through the year. It is also a lyrical reminder of the relationship we have lost with the seasons and a call to look afresh at the natural world around us.

Perplexity And Ultimacy

Author : William Desmond
ISBN : 9781438400969
Genre : Philosophy
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Desmond explores perplexity regarding ultimacy--the metaphysical perplexity that precedes and exceeds scientific and commonsense curiosity.

The Epic Gaze

Author : Helen Lovatt
ISBN : 9781107016118
Genre : History
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Re-envisions epic from Homer to Nonnus through theories of the gaze.

God The Moon And The Astronaut

Author : Jacques Arnould
ISBN : 9781925232936
Genre : Religion
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'A cloth spread under an apple tree can catch only apples', wrote Antoine de Saint Exupery in Terre des hommes (Land of Men), (English title: Wind, Sand and Stars), 'and a cloth spread under stars can catch only stardust ... What was most marvellous was that, there, standing on the planet's rounded back, between this magnetic cloth and those stars, was a man's consciousness in which that star-fall could be reflected as in a mirror.' And a few pages further on he writes: 'I was but a mere mortal lost between sand and stars, aware simply of the sweet pleasure of breathing.' From the author of those lines to the writer of the first well known verses of the Bible: 'In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth ...', stretch centuries of time and an intellectual and cultural abyss as well. What could there be in common between the pilot of the first air route from Toulouse to Dakar and the direct descendants of Semitic nomads? Certainly not much, but for those star-pierced nights that deserts alone can offer for contemplation, combined with the tormenting question: what a thing is man, confronted by the cosmos, magnificent and terrible at the same time? This question has been haunting humanity from the beginning and gnaws at each of us: 'Who am I? Where did I come from? Where does my destiny lie?' To these questions, the desert dwellers, and the aviator lost like all their brothers in humanity, have given the same response. Certainly we are mortal beings, lost in the middle of the cosmos as in a desert, crushed by the weight of reality as by the immense celestial vault. And yet, we are unique, singular, irreplaceable; we are not less than the consciousness of the world, and, believers among them will say, we are even created in the image of God. Is that courage or lack of awareness, pretentiousness or faith?

A Bird S Eye View Of The Practices Of Humanism

Author : Horace Smith
ISBN : 9781847477552
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Description This e book is about my experiences and what I have seen through my extensive counselling and therapy as I translate in a language that many can understand my experiences as I come out of the shock from a great war of my conscience that was fought over a period of 32 years for the right just to live a normal life, free from the control of society, governments and satanic inspired people who wanted to create in me a new species, devoid of all the godly values that Christ bestow on mankind when he died on the cross and rose from the dead to eternal life. Both spiritual and natural. It is about my discoveries as being considered the vile, because of my mental illness, in a affluent society that only consider the poor as commerce to be sold and bought, to fight their wars and die without living. Mostly in America and how the normal community treated me as an individual. It shows how many people just wanted to experiment on me as their guinea pig so that in the world of commerce they would be able to use my spiritual knowledge to fool many into believing that they are wise. It shows what those who believe in the humanist theory that we evolved from apes and life just happened without a reason that has led to so many wars as mankind is no longer held accountable for their actions and so to bring peace we as the more advance nations send troops to foreign lands to kill in the image of making a better world. About the Author Horace Smith at the age of ten was sodomised by a paedophile ring that existed in the black Jamaican church, in a satanic ritual service to gain power over his soul, which is quite common in the Jamaican and African religious communities, here in London in the 70s. This tragic event led to severe mental health problems that has existed in Horace's life for 32 years to date. It was in 1991 that on his return back to London and after seeing a consultant at SLAM he was diagnosed wit paranoid schizophrenia and hearing voices and seeing delusions, but with the help of treatment and medication, Horace is able to live a near normal life.

Harsh And Lovely Land

Author : Tom Marshall
ISBN : 9780774801300
Genre : Canadian poetry
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Poet-critic Tom Marshall examines four stages in the development of apurely Canadian tradition in poetry through a focus on the work ofmajor poets writing in English from the mid-nineteenth century to thepresent.

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Author : An old Naval Officer
ISBN : KBNL:KBNL03000151710
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The Epistemology Of Religious Disagreement

Author : J. Kraft
ISBN : 9781137015105
Genre : Philosophy
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Many assume falsely that religious disagreements engage rules of evidence presentation and belief justification radically different than the ordinary disagreements people have every day, whether those religious disagreements are in Sri Lanka between Hindus and Buddhists or in the Middle East among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

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