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The Nature And Future Of Philosophy

Author : Michael Dummett
ISBN : 9780231150538
Genre : Philosophy
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Philosophy is a discipline that makes no observations, conducts no experiments, and needs no input from experience. It is an armchair subject, requiring only thought. Yet that thought can advance knowledge in unexpected directions, not only through the discovery of new facts but also through the enhancement of what we already know. Philosophy can clarify our vision of the world and provide exciting ways to interpret it. Of course, philosophy's unified purpose hasn't kept the discipline from splintering into warring camps. Departments all over the world are divided among analytical and continental schools, Heidegger, Hegel, and other major thinkers, challenging the growth of the discipline and obscuring its relevance and intent. Having spent decades teaching in American, Asian, African, and European universities, Michael Dummett has felt firsthand the fractured state of contemporary practice and the urgent need for reconciliation. Setting forth a proposal for renewal and reengagement, Dummett begins with the nature of philosophical inquiry as it has developed for centuries, especially its exceptional openness and perspective-which has, ironically, led to our present crisis. He discusses philosophy in relation to science, religion, morality, language, and meaning and recommends avenues for healing around a renewed investigation of mind, language, and thought. Employing his trademark frankness and accessibility, Dummett asks philosophers to resolve theoretical difference and reclaim the vital work of their practice.

The Future Of Human Nature

Author : Jürgen Habermas
ISBN : 9780745694115
Genre : Philosophy
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Recent developments in biotechnology and genetic research are raising complex ethical questions concerning the legitimate scope and limits of genetic intervention. As we begin to contemplate the possibility of intervening in the human genome to prevent diseases, we cannot help but feel that the human species might soon be able to take its biological evolution in its own hands. ‘Playing God’ is the metaphor commonly used for this self-transformation of the species, which, it seems, might soon be within our grasp. In this important new book, Jürgen Habermas – the most influential philosopher and social thinker in Germany today – takes up the question of genetic engineering and its ethical implications and subjects it to careful philosophical scrutiny. His analysis is guided by the view that genetic manipulation is bound up with the identity and self-understanding of the species. We cannot rule out the possibility that knowledge of one’s own hereditary factors may prove to be restrictive for the choice of an individual’s way of life and may undermine the symmetrical relations between free and equal human beings. In the concluding chapter – which was delivered as a lecture on receiving the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade for 2001 – Habermas broadens the discussion to examine the tension between science and religion in the modern world, a tension which exploded, with such tragic violence, on September 11th.

Past Present And Future

Author : Irwin C. Lieb
ISBN : 0252061829
Genre : Philosophy
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Contributing specialists survey Hispanic literature of New Mexico and its influence. No index. The prevailing view in the history of philosophy has been that time is not basically real but has a derivative status. In contrast, Lieb (philosophy, U. of Southern California) establishes the thesis that time is a fundamental reality: it is individuals."


Author : Margaret A. Boden
ISBN : 9780191083495
Genre : Computers
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The applications of Artificial Intelligence lie all around us; in our homes, schools and offices, in our cinemas, in art galleries and - not least - on the Internet. The results of Artificial Intelligence have been invaluable to biologists, psychologists, and linguists in helping to understand the processes of memory, learning, and language from a fresh angle. As a concept, Artificial Intelligence has fuelled and sharpened the philosophical debates concerning the nature of the mind, intelligence, and the uniqueness of human beings. Margaret A. Boden reviews the philosophical and technological challenges raised by Artificial Intelligence, considering whether programs could ever be really intelligent, creative or even conscious, and shows how the pursuit of Artificial Intelligence has helped us to appreciate how human and animal minds are possible.

Man And Nature

Author : Yijie Tang
ISBN : 0819174122
Genre : Philosophy
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The Future For Philosophy

Author : Brian Leiter
ISBN : 019920392X
Genre : Philosophy
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Introduction / Brian Leiter -- Ancient philosophy for the Twenty-First Century / Julia Annas -- Philosophy and history in the history of modern philosophy / Don Garrett -- The hermeneutics of suspicion: recovering Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud / Brian Leiter -- Past the linguistic turn? / Timothy Williamson -- The mind-body problem at century's turn / Jaegwon Kim -- The representational character of experience / David J. Chalmers -- The need for social epistemology / Alvin I. Goldman -- The ends of the sciences / Philip Kitcher -- From causation to explanation and back / Nancy Cartwright -- ) ( 11 [2] 505 0 Normative ethics: back to the future / Thomas Hurka -- Toward an ethics that inhabits the world / Peter Railton -- Projection and objectification / Rae Langton -- Existentialism, quietism, and the role of philosophy / Philip Pettit. ).

Nature Action And The Future

Author : Katrina Forrester
ISBN : 9781107199286
Genre : History
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Leading scholars of political thought demonstrate how the history of political ideas makes sense of environmental politics and climate change.

Wittgenstein And The Future Of Philosophy

Author : Rudolf Haller
ISBN : UOM:39015056792149
Genre : Philosophy
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The Philosophy Of A Future State

Author : Thomas Dick
ISBN : HARVARD:32044084657394
Genre : Future life
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For The Love Of Wisdom

Author : Josef Pieper
ISBN : 1586170872
Genre : Religion
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Pieper is acclaimed as one of the most popular modern scholastic philosophers of our age and widely read by scholars and common readers everywhere. This brilliant work synthesizes the meaning of philosophy as it pertains to our modern era, and responds to the spiritual needs and searching of modern man.

John Locke And Natural Philosophy

Author : Peter R. Anstey
ISBN : 9780199589777
Genre : History
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Peter Anstey presents an innovative study of John Locke's views on the method and content of natural philosophy. He argues that Locke was an advocate of the experimental philosophy: the new approach to natural philosophy championed by the scientists of the Royal Society who were opposed to speculative philosophy.

Nietzsche Nihilism And The Philosophy Of The Future

Author : Jeffrey Metzger
ISBN : 9781847065568
Genre : Philosophy
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An important collection of essays examining Nietzsche's response to contemporary nihilism.

Pragmatism Postmodernism And The Future Of Philosophy

Author : John J. Stuhr
ISBN : 0415939682
Genre : Philosophy
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First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Philosophy Of Material Nature

Author : Immanuel Kant
ISBN : 091514588X
Genre : Philosophy
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This volume combines two of Kant's key works on the metaphysics of nature--the Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics That Will Be Able to Come Forward as Science and Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science--in the preeminent translations of James W. Ellington. Each work is preceded by an expert Introduction by Ellington and is followed by a German-English List of Terms and an Index.

Philosophy In A New Century

Author : John R. Searle
ISBN : 1139473549
Genre : Philosophy
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John R. Searle has made profoundly influential contributions to three areas of philosophy: philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and philosophy of society. This volume gathers together in accessible form a selection of his essays in these areas. They range widely across social ontology, where Searle presents concise and informative statements of positions developed in more detail elsewhere; artificial intelligence and cognitive science, where Searle assesses the current state of the debate and develops his most recent thoughts; and philosophy of language, where Searle connects ideas from various strands of his work in order to develop original answers to fundamental questions. There are also explorations of the limitations of phenomenological inquiry, the mind-body problem, and the nature and future of philosophy. This rich collection from one of America's leading contemporary philosophers will be valuable for all who are interested in these central philosophical questions.

Prolegomena To Any Future Materialism

Author : Adrian Johnston
ISBN : 0810140624
Genre : Philosophy
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Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism, Volume Two: A Weak Nature Alone is the second part of a trilogy on subjectivity in the natural world. Johnston weaves together major works in Western philosophy in a visionary theory that is materialist yet antireductive.

Hegel And The Future Of Systematic Philosophy

Author : Richard Dien Winfield
ISBN : 1137442379
Genre : Philosophy
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Hegel and the Future of Systematic Philosophy critically rehabilitates Hegel's post-enlightenment project of doing systematic philosophy without foundations, showing how it can solve the dilemmas afflicting contemporary analytic and post-modern thought alike. Thinking through and building upon Hegel's arguments, the book tackles the most important issues driving current debates in logic, epistemology, metaphysics, the philosophies of nature and mind, ethics, and aesthetics. Ranging over such topics as the objectivity of thought, the limits of intersubjectivity, the legitimacy of capitalism and globalization, the relation of civil society and the state, and the connection of civilization to literary form, Hegel and the Future of Systematic Philosophy stakes out a powerful challenge to both the prevailing interpretations of Hegel and the reigning philosophical schools of today.

The Philosophy Of Natural Theology An Essay In Confutation Of The Scepticism Of The Present Day Etc

Author : William Jackson
ISBN : BL:A0022683289
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Philosophical Foundations Of The Nature Of Law

Author : Wilfrid J. Waluchow
ISBN : 9780199675517
Genre : Law
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Recent years have witnessed major developments in philosophical inquiry concerning the nature of law and, with the growth of transnational legal institutions, in the phenomenon of law itself. This volume gathers leading writers in the field to take stock of current debates on the nature of law and the aims and methods of legal philosophy.

God And Nature In The Thought Of Margaret Cavendish

Author : Brandie R. Siegfried
ISBN : 9781317126737
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Only recently have scholars begun to note Margaret Cavendish’s references to 'God,' 'spirits,' and the 'rational soul,' and little has been published in this regard. This volume addresses that scarcity by taking up the theological threads woven into Cavendish’s ideas about nature, matter, magic, governance, and social relations, with special attention given to Cavendish’s literary and philosophical works. Reflecting the lively state of Cavendish studies, God and Nature in the Thought of Margaret Cavendish allows for disagreements among the contributing authors, whose readings of Cavendish sometimes vary in significant ways; and it encourages further exploration of the theological elements evident in her literary and philosophical works. Despite the diversity of thought developed here, several significant points of convergence establish a foundation for future work on Cavendish’s vision of nature, philosophy, and God. The chapters collected here enhance our understanding of the intriguing-and sometimes brilliant-contributions Cavendish made to debates about God’s place in the scientific cosmos.

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