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Modern Challenges to Past Philosophy : Arguments and Responses

By: Sullivan, Thomas D.
Contributor(s): Pannier, Russell.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014Description: 1 online resource (217 p.).ISBN: 9781441146021.Subject(s): PhilosophyGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Modern Challenges to Past Philosophy : Arguments and ResponsesDDC classification: 109 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- 1 Problems and Perspectives -- 2 The Essence of Philosophy -- 3 Arguments for Taking Past Philosophers Seriously -- 4 Science, Scientism, and Philosophy -- 5 Scientistic Attacks on Past and Present Philosophy -- 6 Philosophic Attacks on Past and Present Philosophy -- 7 Philosophy, Time, and Eternity -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary: Does philosophy have a timeless essence? Are the writings that have come down to us over the centuries from philosophers of genius mere souvenirs from a bygone era? Or are their thoughts still eminently worth examining with care? Modern Challenges to Past Philosophy argues pondering past philosophy with modern problems in mind is worth the effort, even though earlier works are uninformed by modern science and lack some of tools of modern analysis. The great texts defamiliarize our world and offer solutions to crucial questions often forgotten as we fixate on current philosophical tren
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Cover -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- 1 Problems and Perspectives -- 2 The Essence of Philosophy -- 3 Arguments for Taking Past Philosophers Seriously -- 4 Science, Scientism, and Philosophy -- 5 Scientistic Attacks on Past and Present Philosophy -- 6 Philosophic Attacks on Past and Present Philosophy -- 7 Philosophy, Time, and Eternity -- Bibliography -- Index

Does philosophy have a timeless essence? Are the writings that have come down to us over the centuries from philosophers of genius mere souvenirs from a bygone era? Or are their thoughts still eminently worth examining with care? Modern Challenges to Past Philosophy argues pondering past philosophy with modern problems in mind is worth the effort, even though earlier works are uninformed by modern science and lack some of tools of modern analysis. The great texts defamiliarize our world and offer solutions to crucial questions often forgotten as we fixate on current philosophical tren

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Some philosophers (e.g., Kant, Wittgenstein) defend various philosophical positions, but argue that past philosophy is largely irrelevant to what they are doing. This book looks at a number of these positions and makes the case against the deniers that much of past philosophy is, after all, relevant to these discussions. Sullivan (emer., Univ. of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN) and Pannier (emer., William Mitchell College of Law) proceed in a "for" and "against" fashion. They cover a fair number of issues, but never very deeply. This volume is less scholarly than one might hope. For example, in support of their thesis concerning the relevance of ancient philosophy, they cite A. Shimony as a modern who holds that Aristotle's doctrine of matter has important bearing in issues in modern physics. Unfortunately, no footnote indicates where Shimony says this, and no entry for Shimony appears in the bibliography. Although this volume has a clear bias toward the ancients against the moderns, the back and forth of the dialectic is well organized and everywhere clear. It could be background reading for any course, such as one on Wittgenstein, wherein the subject has arrogantly dismissed philosophy's past. --Fred Wilson, University of Toronto

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Thomas Sullivan is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, and before his recent retirement held the Aquinas Chair in Philosophy and Theology, at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, USA. He is the co-author, with Sandra Menssen, of The Agnostic Inquirer: Revelation from a Philosophical Standpoint (2007). Russell Pannier is Emeritus Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, USA. He has published in the areas of philosophy of logic, metaphysics, jurisprudence, ethics, constitutional law, philosophy of religion, and decision theory. He has published several essays on some of those topics with Thomas D. Sullivan.

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