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From a Philosophical Point of View : Selected Studies - Morton White

From a Philosophical Point of View

Selected Studies

Hardcover Published: 26th December 2004
ISBN: 9780691119595
Number Of Pages: 352

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One of the most important philosophers of recent times, Morton White has spent a career building bridges among the increasingly fragmented worlds of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. "From a Philosophical Point of View" is a selection of White's best essays, written over a period of more than sixty years. Together these selections represent the belief that philosophers should reflect not only on mathematics and science but also on other aspects of culture, such as religion, art, history, law, education, and morality.

White's essays cover the full range of his interests: studies in ethics, the theory of knowledge, and metaphysics as well as in the philosophy of culture, the history of pragmatism, and allied currents in social, political, and legal thought. The book also includes pieces on philosophers who have influenced White at different stages of his career, among them William James, John Dewey, G. E. Moore, and W. V. Quine. Throughout, White argues from a holistic standpoint against a sharp epistemological distinction between logical and physical beliefs and also against an equally sharp one between descriptive and normative beliefs.

White maintains that once the philosopher abandons the dogma that the logical analysis of mathematics and physics is the essence of his subject, he frees himself to resume his traditional role as a student of the central institutions of civilization. Philosophers should function not merely as spectators of all time and existence, he argues, but as empirically minded students of culture who try to use some of their ideas for the benefit of society.

"From a Philosophical Point of View has an intellectual unity that results when a single mind of real ability looks about and surveys a wide variety of interesting issues. The author's adroit prose makes it a pleasure to read his discussions. And his wide reading in many fields endows his material with solidity and depth of informative range." - Nicholas Rescher, University of Pittsburgh"

Introduction : what I have learned by rereading these essaysp. 1
Prolegomenap. 3
Prologue to A philosophy of culture (2002)p. 5
Philosophy and man : an exhortation (1955)p. 9
The social role of philosophy (1952)p. 14
New horizons in philosophy (1960)p. 21
Historyp. 31
A plea for an analytic philosophy of history (1953)p. 33
Historical relativism and the evaluation of histories (2003)p. 40
Historical inevitability (1956)p. 51
Tostoy the Empirical Fox (2003)p. 56
Religion, education, and politicsp. 69
John Dewey : a great philosopher of education (1966)p. 71
Religion, politics, and the higher learning (1954)p. 74
Religious commitment and higher education (1957)p. 81
The university in transition (1966)p. 88
Philosophy in a utopian institute for advanced study (1989)p. 91
Analyticity, morality, causality, and libertyp. 95
The analytic and the synthetic : an untenable dualism (1950)p. 97
Ontological clarity and semantic obscurity (1951)p. 107
On the church-frege solution of the paradox of analysis (1948)p. 112
Oughts and cans (1979)p. 116
Causation and action (1969)p. 121
Hart and honore on causation in the law (1960)p. 130
The question of free will : some preliminary remarks (1993)p. 134
Pragmatismp. 141
Harvard's philosophical heritage (1957)p. 143
Experiment and necessity in Dewey's philosophy (1959)p. 149
Value and obligation in Dewey and Lewis (1949)p. 160
Desire and desirability : a rejoinder to a posthumous reply by John Dewey (1996)p. 167
Peirce's Summum Bonum and the ethical views of C. I. Lewis and John dewey (1999)p. 178
Normative ethics, normative epistemology, and Quine's holism (1986)p. 186
Holistic pragmatism and ethics (20020p. 199
The psychologism of Hume and arithmetical truth (2003)p. 211
History of ideasp. 215
Why annalists of ideas should be analysts of ideas (1975)p. 217
The revolt against formalism in American social thought of the twentieth century (1947)p. 227
Pragmatism and the revolt against formalism : revising some doctrines of William James (1986)p. 243
The politics of epistemology (1989)p. 255
Original sin, natural law, and politics (1956)p. 270
Philosophy, the federalist, and the progressive era (1988)p. 284
The American intellectual versus the American city (1961)p. 299
The philosopher and the metropolis in America (1963)p. 310
Philosophersp. 321
William James (1986)p. 323
The later years of George Santayana (1963)p. 331
English philosophy at mid-century : an American's impressions (1951)p. 333
Memories of G. E. Moore (1959)p. 339
W. V. Quine (2001)p. 344
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ISBN: 9780691119595
ISBN-10: 0691119597
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 26th December 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.62

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