An introduction to metaphilosophy by Overgaard, Søren; Burwood, Stephen; Gilbert, Paul

By Overgaard, Søren; Burwood, Stephen; Gilbert, Paul

What's philosophy? How should still we do it? Why may still we hassle to? those are the types of questions addressed via metaphilosophy - the philosophical examine of the character of philosophy itself. scholars of philosophy this present day are confronted with a complicated and daunting array of philosophical equipment, techniques and kinds and likewise deep divisions reminiscent of the infamous rift among analytic and Continental philosophy. This e-book takes readers via an entire variety of ways - analytic as opposed to Continental, scientistic as opposed to humanistic, 'pure' as opposed to utilized - permitting them to find and comprehend those alternative ways of doing philosophy. sincerely and accessibly written, it's going to stimulate mirrored image on philosophical perform and should be beneficial for college kids of philosophy and different philosophically susceptible readers

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Like other views that portray philosophy as distinct from science, this view is not embarrassed by the apparent lack of progress in philosophy in comparison with science. To be sure, we are owed an answer as to why transcendental research has apparently failed to reveal any generally agreed upon ‘conditions of possibility’ of experience or knowledge – and this goes in particular for a phenomenologist such as Husserl who believed he was turning philosophy into a ‘rigorous’ transcendental science.

Yet these advantages come at a cost. For if McGinn is right, philosophising seems an utterly pointless activity. 28 But we suspect that most philosophers would find it hard to swallow the notion that the activity they engage in is utterly pointless. McGinn’s view looks like a last resort. Furthermore, the view seems to fit the philosophy of mind much better than, say, ethics, political philosophy or philosophical aesthetics. There McGinn 1993: 10. : 13. : 153. ). 26 28 29 30 What is philosophy?

13 Moore 1953: 1. 12 21 22 What is philosophy? it’14 – including, presumably, the nature of truth, knowledge, meaning, the good and so forth. This again seems to cast too wide a net. It is not clear that, say, fine art and literature cannot with equal right be said to concern themselves with the ‘big questions’. To avoid subsuming fine art under the heading of philosophy, one might add a set of methodological requirements to the topical definition. 15 Something certainly seems right about this hybrid characterisation; yet unfortunately, it seems to exclude certain parts of the philosophical family – not just recent additions such as, say, the philosophy of sport, but also more established areas of research, such as the parts of formal logic that shade off into mathematics.

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