Philosophy

101 Key Terms in Philosophy and Their Importance for Theology

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WRITTEN BY TWO PHILOSOPHES AND A THEOLOGIAN, 101 KEY TERMS PROVIDE EASY ACCESS TO KEY TERMS IN PHILOSOPHY AND HOW THEY ARE UNDERSTOOD AND USED IN THEOLOGY.
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9780664225247
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2009-08-01

Absolutism and Its Consequential

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Is the judicial execution of the innocent permissible to deter crime? Some advocates of consequentialism would respond yes, while moral absolutists argue that certain kinds of conduct, including this one, are absolutely prohibited, no matter what the consequences. This is the first collection that does justice to absolutism in its richness and subtleties.
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9780847678402
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1994-02-28

Achieving Our Country

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Must the sins of America's past poison its hope for the future? Lately the American Left, withdrawing into the ivied halls of academe to rue the nation's shame, has answered yes in both word and deed. In Achieving Our Country, one of America's foremost philosophers challenges this lost generation of the Left to understand the role it might play in the great tradition of democratic intellectual labor that started with writers like Walt Whitman and John Dewey.

How have national pride and American patriotism come to seem an endorsement of atrocities--from slavery to the slaughter of Native Americans, from the rape of ancient forests to the Vietnam War? Achieving Our Country traces the sources of this debilitating mentality of shame in the Left, as well as the harm it does to its proponents and to the country. At the center of this history is the conflict between the Old Left and the New that arose during the Vietnam War era. Richard Rorty describes how the paradoxical victory of the antiwar movement, ushering in the Nixon years, encouraged a disillusioned generation of intellectuals to pursue "High Theory" at the expense of considering the place of ideas in our common life. In this turn to theory, Rorty sees a retreat from the secularism and pragmatism championed by Dewey and Whitman, and he decries the tendency of the heirs of the New Left to theorize about the United States from a distance instead of participating in the civic work of shaping our national future.

In the absence of a vibrant, active Left, the views of intellectuals on the American Right have come to dominate the public sphere. This galvanizing book, adapted from Rorty's Massey Lectures of 1997, takes the first step toward redressing the imbalance in American cultural life by rallying those on the Left to the civic engagement and inspiration needed for "achieving our country."

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9780674003118
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1998-04-15

Action

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ACTIO
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1901-12-13

After MacIntyre: Critical Perspectives on the Work of Alasdair MacIntyre

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The Book has small creases on the cover. Other than this, it is in excellent condition.
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9780268006433
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1995-03-31

Age of Ideologies: A History of Political Thought in the Twentieth Centur

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The Age of Ideologies presents a lucid and penetrating insight into the fundamental twentieth-century conflict between totalitarianism and democracy. In an age of woldwide upheaval, many ideals -liberal, conservative, socialist, revolutionary - have been translated into political action and have often resulted in crisis and dictatorship. Far from this century being an age of the "end of ideologies", we have witnessed the need for and the susceptibility to political ideologies. In tracing the history of political thought in this century, Karl Dietrich Bracher, a noted German scholar, shows how the violent disruptions of war and crisis have worked to create this vulnerability to ideological thinking. Indeed, he shows how the heightened role of ideologies in recent years gives new relevance to questions posed at the turn of the century.
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9780312012304
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1985-10-31
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Agnostic Inquirer: Revelation from a Philosophical Standpoint

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Is there a good God? And if there is, has that God revealed anything of significance to us? Philosophers pondering these two questions have automatically assumed that the first must be answered before the second. Sandra Menssen and Thomas Sullivan examine how God's voice can be heard in the content of revelatory claims, stories, myths, poetry, exhortations, legal codes, and more. They argue that rather than taking the written word of any religion out of the philosophical proof equation, those very words should be considered as the voice of the God accused of not existing. The Agnostic Inquirer makes a clear, analytical claim that without these revelatory words, atheists and agnostics are missing a large part of the relevant database of the existence of God, while many theists are working with an impoverished database in trying to explain the foundations of their faith.
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9780802803948
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2007-09-01

Ancient Concepts of Philosophy

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First published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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9780415089401
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1992-12-31
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Ancients and the Moderns: Rethinking Modernity

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In this text, philosopher Stanley Rosen takes a new look at the "quarrel" that moderns have with the ancients, analyzing and comparing ancient philosophers and modern Continental and analytical thinkers from Plato, Descartes and Kant to Fichte, Nietzche and Rorty.
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9781587310249
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2002-03-31
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Argument and the Action of Plato's Laws

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The posthumous publication of "The Argument and the Action of Plato's "Laws" was compiled shortly before the death of Leo Strauss in 1973. Strauss offers an insightful and instructive reading through careful probing of Plato's classic text.

"Strauss's "The Argument and the Action of Plato's 'Laws'" reflects his interest in political thought, his dogged method of following the argument of the "Laws" step by step, and his vigorous defense of this dialogue's integrity in respect to the ideals of the "Republic.""-- "Cross Currents"

"The unique characteristics of this commentary on the "Laws" reflect the care and precision which were the marks of Professor Strauss's efforts to understand the complex thoughts of other men."--Allan D. Nelson, "Canadian Journal of Political Science"

"Thorough and provocative, an important addition to Plato scholarship."-- "Library Journal"

"The major purpose of the commentary is to provide a reading of the dialogue which displays its structural arrangement and the continuity of the argument."--J. W. Dy, "Bibliographical Bulletin of Philosophy"

"The reader of Strauss's book is indeed guided closely through the whole text."-- M. J. Silverthorne, "The Humanities Association Review"

Leo Strauss (1899--1973) was the Robert Maynard Hutchins Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of political science at the University of Chicago.

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9780226776989
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1998-05-01
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Aristotle On Poetics

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In this refreshingly vivid new translation by A S G Thurston, Aristotle can be seen to be summarising the main principles of aesthetic appreciation in ancient Greece which established the fundamental theory and practice in western art for the following 2,400 years.No one has ever made such a systematic study and full-scale investigation encompassing the entire range of human knowledge as he did. So the Poetics is consequently the first and most important study of this kind in the history of western civilisation. All concepts on aesthetics, which we know today, are rooted in this book. Today however, Aristotle must be understood on several levels in a complex fashion, as Thurston believes he originally intended it to be. So with the use of today's English words and phrases Thurston presents the Poetics in an accessible way for students of theatre, and for anyone interested in reading Aristotle.
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9781587310263
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2002-07-01
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Aristotle's Poetics

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In this, the fullest, sustained interpretation of "Aristotle's Poetics" available in English, Stephen Halliwell demonstrates that the "Poetics," despite its laconic brevity, is a coherent statement of a challenging theory of poetic art, and it hints towards a theory of mimetic art in general. Assessing this theory against the background of earlier Greek views on poetry and art, particularly Plato's, Halliwell goes further than any previous author in setting Aristotle's ideas in the wider context of his philosophical system.
The core of the book is a fresh appraisal of Aristotle's view of tragic drama, in which Halliwell contends that at the heart of the "Poetics" lies a philosophical urge to instill a secularized understanding of Greek tragedy.
"Essential reading not only for all serious students of the "Poetics" . . . but also for those the great majority who have prudently fought shy of it altogether." B. R. Rees, "Classical Review"
"A splendid work of scholarship and analysis . . . a brilliant interpretation." Alexander Nehamas, "Times Literary Supplement"
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9780226313948
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1998-11-30
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Art And Prudence: Studies in the Thought of Jacqus Maritain

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In this collection of essays, Ralph McInerny portrays Jacques Maritain as a devoted Thomist, convinced that faith could never be divorced from reason and that reason without faith was meaningless. In addition, McInerny discusses Maritain's deployment of Thomistic doctrines into surprising new applications and pays tribute to the man as the best Thomistic writer on art in this century.
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9780268006204
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1988-10-01

Attack of the Blob: Hannah Arendt's Concept of the Social

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One of the most brilliant political theorists of the century, Hannah Arendt intended her work to liberate and empower, to restore our capacity for concerted political action, to convince us that improving our flawed arrangements is up to us. At the same time, Arendt developed a metaphor of "the social" as an alien, all-consuming monster appearing as if from outer space to gobble up human freedom; she blamed it--not us--for our public paralysis and depoliticization. How can we understand her vision of the social that seems to conflict with her most important teaching?

"The Attack of the Blob" is an imaginative and wonderfully written study in which Hanna Pitkin seeks to resolve this paradox by tracing Arendt's notion of "the social" from her earliest writings to "The Human Condition" and beyond. Interpreting each work in its historical and personal context, Pitkin develops an answer that considers language and rhetoric, psychology and gender, authority, and even the nature of political theory itself. Her book is an intellectual genealogy, reading at times like a detective novel, that traces the provenance and vicissitudes of Arendt's shifting concept. Along the way, Pitkin repeatedly challenges established interpretations of Arendt's project, including the role in it of her teacher and lover Martin Heidegger and her supposed neglect of economic concerns.

"The Attack of the Blob" raises disturbing and compelling questions about what freedom can mean today. Criticizing Arendt's flawed concept but insisting on the urgent reality of the problem that concept was intended to address, Pitkin honors Arendt's achievements by continuing her enterprise.

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9780226669908
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1998-10-01
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Beginning of Knowledge

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In The Beginning of Knowledge, Gadamer reminds us that philosophy for the Greeks was not just a question of metaphysics and epistemology but encompassed cosmology, physics, mathematics, medicine, and the entire reach of theoretical curiosity and intellectual mastery. Whereas his book The Beginning of Philosophy dealt with the inception of philosophical inquiry, this new book brings together nearly all of GadamerAEs previously published but never translated essays on the Presocratics. Beginning with a hermeneutical and philological investigation of the Heraclitus fragments (1974 and 1990), he then moves on to a discussion of the Greek Atomists (1935) and the Presocratic cosmologists (1964). In the last two essays (1978 and 1994/95), Gadamer elaborates on the profound debt that modern scientific thinking owes to the Greek philosophical tradition."

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9780826411952
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2001-11-30
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Being Singular, Being Plural

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This book, by one of the most innovative and challenging contemporary thinkers, consists of an extensive essay from which the book takes its title and five shorter essays that are internally related to Being Singular Plural.
One of the strongest strands in Nancy s philosophy is his attempt to rethink community and the very idea of the social in a way that does not ground these ideas in some individual subject or subjectivity. The fundamental argument of the book is that being is always being with, that I is not prior to we, that existence is essentially co-existence. Nancy thinks of this being-with not as a comfortable enclosure in a pre-existing group, but as a mutual abandonment and exposure to each other, one that would preserve the I and its freedom in a mode of imagining community as neither a society of spectacle nor via some form of authenticity.
The five shorter essays impressively translate the philosophical insight of Being Singular Plural into sophisticated discussions of national sovereignty, war and technology, identity politics, the Gulf War, and the tragic plight of Sarajevo. The essay Eulogy for the Melee, in particular, is a brilliant discussion of identity and hybridism that resonates with many contemporary social concerns.
As Nancy moves through the exposition of his central concern, being-with, he engages a number of other important issues, including current notions of the other and self that are relevant to psychoanalytic, political, and multicultural concepts. He also offers astonishingly original reinterpretations of major philosophical positions, such as Nietzsche s doctrine of eternal recurrence, Descartes s cogito, and the nature of language and meaning.
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9780804739757
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2000-10-31
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Belief, Change and Forms of Life

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CONTENTS: Wittgenstein and Religion, Fashionable Criticisms; Know Where to Stop; Reminders of What We Know?; The Challenge of What We Know, The Problem of Evil; Belief, Change and Forms of Life; Can There Be a Christian Philosophy?; Notes and References; Bibiography; Indeces. PARTIAL list of keywords: language games; Marxism; Freudianism; philosophy; prayer; rationalism; religious accomodation; rituals; theology as grammar; conservatism; etc.
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9780391033856
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1985-12-31

Berkeley's Thought

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In this highly original account of Bishop George Berkeley's epistemological and metaphysical theories, George S. Pappas seeks to determine precisely what doctrines the philosopher held and what arguments he put forward to support them. Specifically, Pappas overturns accepted opinions about Berkeley's famous attack on the Lockean doctrine of abstract ideas. Berkeley's criticism of these ideas had been thought relevant only to his views on language and to his nominalism; Pappas persuasively argues that Berkeley's ideas about abstraction are crucial to nearly all of the fundamental principles that he defends.Pappas demonstrates how an adequate appreciation of Berkeley's views on abstraction can lead to an improved understanding of his important principle of esse is percipi, and of the arguments Berkeley proposes in support of this principle. Pappas also takes up Berkeley's widely rejected claim to be a philosopher of common sense. He assesses the validity of this self-description and considers why Berkeley might have chosen to align himself with a commonsense position. Pappas shows how three core concepts abstraction, perception, and common sense are central to and interdependent in the work of one of the major figures of early modern Western thought."
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9780801437007
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2000-05-01
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Beyond Being: Gadamer's Post-Platonic Hermeneutic Ontology

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Hans Georg-Gadamer is best known in the English-speaking world for his major work on philosophical hermeneutics, "Truth and Method;" he has also written extensively on the subject of Plato. Most commentators on Gadamer's work therefore view Gadamer either as a historian of philosophy or as a philosopher in his own right, critically engaged in the philosophical issues of our time.
In "Beyond Being, " Brice R. Wachterhauser contends that this perceived bifurcation in Gadamer's work oversimplifies and distorts important parts of Gadamer's thought. Wachterhauser argues that only by viewing Gadamer's contribution to philosophy as an integrated whole and by reading Gadamer's hermeneutical studies in light of his Plato studies are we able to avoid certain key misunderstandings of Gadamer, as well as to comprehend more clearly the radical implications of Gadamer's thought.
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9780810115842
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1999-01-31

Birth of Theory

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Modern theory needs a history lesson. Neither Marx nor Nietzsche first gave us theoryHegel did. To support this contention, Andrew Cole s "The Birth of Theory" presents a refreshingly clear and lively account of the origins and legacy of Hegel s dialectic as theory. Cole explains how Hegel boldly broke from modern philosophy when he adopted medieval dialectical habits of thought to fashion his own dialectic. While his contemporaries rejected premodern dialectic as outdated dogma, Hegel embraced both its emphasis on language as thought and its fascination with the categories of identity and difference, creating what we now recognize as theory, distinct from systematic philosophy. Not content merely to change philosophy, Hegel also used this dialectic to expose the persistent archaism of modern life itself, Cole shows, establishing a method of social analysis that has influenced everyone from Marx and the nineteenth-century Hegelians, to Nietzsche and Bakhtin, all the way to Deleuze and Jameson.
By uncovering these theoretical filiations across time, "The Birth of Theory" will not only change the way we read Hegel, but also the way we think about the histories of theory. With chapters that powerfully reanimate the overly familiar topics of ideology, commodity fetishism, and political economy, along with a groundbreaking reinterpretation of Hegel s famous master/slave dialectic, "The Birth of Theory" places the disciplines of philosophy, literature, and history in conversation with one another in an unprecedented way. Daring to reconcile the sworn enemies of Hegelianism and Deleuzianism, this timely book will revitalize dialectics for the twenty-first century."
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9780226135427
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2014-06-01
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Blackwell Guide to Continental Philosophy

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"The Blackwell Guide to Continental Philosophy" is an accessible but sophisticated introduction to the most important figures in Continental philosophy in the last 200 years. Presents a definitive introduction to the core figures and topics of continental philosophy. Contains newly commissioned essays, all of which are written by internationally distinguished scholars. Provides a solid foundation for further study. Subjects include Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Marx and Marxism, Nietzsche, Husserl and Phenomenology, Heidegger, Sartre, critical theory, Habermas, Gadamer, Foucault, Derrida, postmodernism, and French feminism.
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9780631221258
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2003-02-28
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Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory

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Ranging from moral realism to virtue ethics, this volume presents a survey of ethical theory. Written by an international assembly of leading moral philosophers, each of the 21 newly-commissioned papers develop the main tenets, arguments, themes, and problems of the main normative and meta-ethical philosophical outlooks. Contributors are Michael Smith, Simon Blackburn, Philip L. Quinn, James Rachels, Jeff McMahan, John D. Caputo, Elliott Sober, Laurence Thomas, R. G. Frey, Brad Hooker, F. M. Kamm, Thomas E. Hill, Jr., Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, David McNaughton, L. W. Sumner, Jan Narveson, Michael Slote, Alison Jagger, William R. Schroeder, Hugh LaFollette, and James P. Sterba.
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9780631201199
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2000-01-31
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Blackwell Guide to the Modern Philosophers: From Descartes to Nietzsche

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This guide brings together eighteen original interpretations of the modern philosophers from Descartes to Nietzsche. The contributors succeed brilliantly in placing their figures within a rich historical, cultural, and philosophical context, noting some of the important ways in which their ideas and arguments were shaped by the intellectual currents of the time, and how they in turn shaped subsequent philosophical debate.
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9780631210177
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1990-12-31
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Brief History of Western Philosophy

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In this lucid and masterful work, the eminent scholar Anthony Kenny offers an indispensable resource - the most concise and compelling story of the complete development of philosophy available.
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9780631201328
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1998-11-30
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Brief Tour of Human Consciousness: From Impostor Poodles to Purple Numbers

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How can some people come to believe that their poodle is an impostor? Or see colors in numbers? Internationally acclaimed neuroscientist, V.S. Ramachandran, now shares his unique insight into human consciousness in an entertaining, inspiring, and intellectually dazzling brief tour of the ultimate frontier--the thoughts in our heads.

A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness is made up of five investigations of the greatest mysteries of the brain. The first chapter shows how amputees feel pain in limbs they no longer have as it introduces the great revolution of our age: neuroscience. The second chapter walks through the way what we see determines our thoughts, and demonstrates the counterintuitive point that believing is in fact seeing. The third chapter takes a leap beyond cutting edge science to audaciously set out a general theory of beauty, explaining why, the world over, cultures have fundamentally similar notions of what is attractive. The fourth chapter explores the bizarre world of synesthetes, people who see colors in numbers, textures in smells, sounds in sights, and flavors in sounds. Finally, V. S. Ramachandran one of the foremost brain researchers in the world today, sums up the implications of the revolution in our understanding of consciousness, to make a fascinating argument about our essential sense of self and its distributed nature.

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9780131872783
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2005-07-01
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