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A journey through philosophy in 101 anecdotes / Nicholas Rescher.

By: Rescher, Nicholas [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2015]Copyright date: ©2015Description: 1 online resource (xii, 289 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780822980445; 0822980444.Other title: Journey through philosophy in one hundred and one anecdotes | Journey through philosophy in one hundred one anecdotes.Subject(s): Philosophy -- Anecdotes | Philosophers -- Anecdotes | Philosophy -- History -- AnecdotesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Journey through philosophy in 101 anecdotes.DDC classification: 190 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Antiquity to 500 AD. The Tower of Babel ; Aesop's donkey ; Xenophanes's animal theologians ; Pythagoras's numbers ; Heraclitus's river ; Anaximander's earth ; Zeno's races ; The atomists' nature ; The atomists' worlds ; Socrates's disappointment ; Eubulides's riddle and Epimendes's lie ; Plato's Republic ; Plato's ring of Gyges ; Plato's demiurge ; Plato's knowledge ; Aristotle's sea battle ; Aristotle's precept on precision ; Aristotle's golden mean ; Pilate's truth ; Archimedes's lever ; The ship of Theseus ; Tertullian's absurdity ; St. Augustine's time -- The Middle Ages, 500-1500. Avicenna's plank ; Buridan's ass ; Omar Khayyám's finger ; King Alfonso's boast ; Scholasticism's omnipotence perplex ; Aquinas's proofs ; Averroes's truth ; Machiavelli's Prince -- Early modernity, 1500-1800. The Valladolid debate ; More's Utopia ; Dr. Faustus's bargain ; Hobbes's Leviathan ; Descartes's deceiver ; Descartes's ergo ; Descartes's firm foundation ; Calderon's dream ; Pascal's wager ; Spinoza's worm and Leibniz's leap ; Huygens's planetarians ; Locke's locked room ; Leibniz's textual limit ; Leibniz's windmill ; Leibniz's mythic goddess ; Aldrich's box paradoxes ; Mandeville's bees ; Hume's self-seeking ; Hume's shade of blue ; Kant's things in themselves ; Kant's errand boy ; Kant's peaceful vision ; Kant's starry heaven ; Kant's reorientation ; Condorcet's paradox ; Hegel's reality ; Schopenhauer's annoyance -- The recent past, 1800-1900. J.S. Mill's epiphany ; Darwin's ape ; Saxe's puzzling elephant ; Herbert Spencer's impatience ; Lord Kelvin's sun ; The lady or the tiger ; William James's freedom ; William James's squirrel ; Kropotkin's cooperators ; Nietzsche's revaluation ; Nietzsche's long run ; Lasswitz's library ; Frege's morning star ; Durkheim's suicides ; The monkey's paw ; Wells's neomen ; Borel's monkeys ; Russell's king of France ; Russell's chicken ; Angell's illusion ; Richardson's coastline ; Duchamp's urinal ; Wittgenstein's poker ; Collingwood's presuppositions ; Collingwood's history trap ; Teilhard's omega -- The current era, 1900 to the present. Sci-fi psychology ; Ayer's nonsense ; Popper's falsity ; Boulding's menace ; Austin's verbs ; Austin's excuses ; Turing's test ; Urmson's apples ; Simon's satisficing ; The prisoner's dilemma ; A streetcar named disaster ; Putnam's twin earth ; Dr. Psycho's prescription ; Vagrant predicates ; Searle's Chinese room ; The bell curve's slant ; Derrida's demolition.
Summary: "The first comprehensive chronology of philosophical anecdotes, from antiquity to the current era. Rescher introduces the major thinkers, texts, and historical periods of Western philosophy, recounting many of the stories philosophers have used over time to engage with issues of philosophical concern: questions of meaning, truth, knowledge, value, action, and ethics. Rescher's anecdotes touch on a wide range of themes--from logic to epistemology, ethics to metaphysics"-- Provided by publisher.
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"The first comprehensive chronology of philosophical anecdotes, from antiquity to the current era. Rescher introduces the major thinkers, texts, and historical periods of Western philosophy, recounting many of the stories philosophers have used over time to engage with issues of philosophical concern: questions of meaning, truth, knowledge, value, action, and ethics. Rescher's anecdotes touch on a wide range of themes--from logic to epistemology, ethics to metaphysics"-- Provided by publisher.

Antiquity to 500 AD. The Tower of Babel ; Aesop's donkey ; Xenophanes's animal theologians ; Pythagoras's numbers ; Heraclitus's river ; Anaximander's earth ; Zeno's races ; The atomists' nature ; The atomists' worlds ; Socrates's disappointment ; Eubulides's riddle and Epimendes's lie ; Plato's Republic ; Plato's ring of Gyges ; Plato's demiurge ; Plato's knowledge ; Aristotle's sea battle ; Aristotle's precept on precision ; Aristotle's golden mean ; Pilate's truth ; Archimedes's lever ; The ship of Theseus ; Tertullian's absurdity ; St. Augustine's time -- The Middle Ages, 500-1500. Avicenna's plank ; Buridan's ass ; Omar Khayyám's finger ; King Alfonso's boast ; Scholasticism's omnipotence perplex ; Aquinas's proofs ; Averroes's truth ; Machiavelli's Prince -- Early modernity, 1500-1800. The Valladolid debate ; More's Utopia ; Dr. Faustus's bargain ; Hobbes's Leviathan ; Descartes's deceiver ; Descartes's ergo ; Descartes's firm foundation ; Calderon's dream ; Pascal's wager ; Spinoza's worm and Leibniz's leap ; Huygens's planetarians ; Locke's locked room ; Leibniz's textual limit ; Leibniz's windmill ; Leibniz's mythic goddess ; Aldrich's box paradoxes ; Mandeville's bees ; Hume's self-seeking ; Hume's shade of blue ; Kant's things in themselves ; Kant's errand boy ; Kant's peaceful vision ; Kant's starry heaven ; Kant's reorientation ; Condorcet's paradox ; Hegel's reality ; Schopenhauer's annoyance -- The recent past, 1800-1900. J.S. Mill's epiphany ; Darwin's ape ; Saxe's puzzling elephant ; Herbert Spencer's impatience ; Lord Kelvin's sun ; The lady or the tiger ; William James's freedom ; William James's squirrel ; Kropotkin's cooperators ; Nietzsche's revaluation ; Nietzsche's long run ; Lasswitz's library ; Frege's morning star ; Durkheim's suicides ; The monkey's paw ; Wells's neomen ; Borel's monkeys ; Russell's king of France ; Russell's chicken ; Angell's illusion ; Richardson's coastline ; Duchamp's urinal ; Wittgenstein's poker ; Collingwood's presuppositions ; Collingwood's history trap ; Teilhard's omega -- The current era, 1900 to the present. Sci-fi psychology ; Ayer's nonsense ; Popper's falsity ; Boulding's menace ; Austin's verbs ; Austin's excuses ; Turing's test ; Urmson's apples ; Simon's satisficing ; The prisoner's dilemma ; A streetcar named disaster ; Putnam's twin earth ; Dr. Psycho's prescription ; Vagrant predicates ; Searle's Chinese room ; The bell curve's slant ; Derrida's demolition.

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This is not a collection of amusing tales about philosophers or philosophy, such as the time Immanuel Kant missed his daily constitutional, or how G.E. Moore refuted George Berkeley's idealism. Rather, what Rescher (philosophy, Univ. of Pittsburgh; The Pragmatic Vision; On Leibniz) offers is a potpourri of brief (two- to three-page) reflections on select images, passages, or themes that encapsulate intriguing ideas. Arranged chronologically, from the Tower of Babel and Heraclitus's river to John Searle's Chinese room and Jacques Derrida's "demolition," each meditation generally states the context of the topic, quotes from a primary text, and then succinctly spells out the reasonable import that flows (or doesn't flow) from the issue, often concluding with an insight, implication, or invitation to further reflection. Suggested related anecdotes for each reading and a table of thematic clusters around the traditional topics of philosophy invite readers to skip around in the book according to their interests. VERDICT Despite occasional lapses into logic-eese and some abstruse vocabulary, this esteemed, prolific philosopher offers a thoughtful, wise, and engaging journey through philosophy's history and major themes in bite-size morsels. Suitable for general readers.-Steve Young, McHenry Cty. Coll., Crystal Lake, IL © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Nicholas Rescher is Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh and co-chairman of the Center for Philosophy of Science. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has served as president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, the Leibniz Society of North America, the Charles S. Peirce Society, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the Metaphysical Society of America. Rescher is the author or editor of more than one hundred books, including Ignorance (On the Wider Implications of Deficient Knowledge), Philosophical Inquiries: An Introduction to Problems of Philosophy , and A Journey through Philosophy in 101 Anecdotes .

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