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The Many Faces of Philosophy : Reflections from Plato to Arendt - Amélie Oksenberg Rorty

The Many Faces of Philosophy

Reflections from Plato to Arendt

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Published: 1st June 2004
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Philosophy is a dangerous profession, risking censorship, prison, even death. And no wonder: philosophers have questioned traditional pieties and threatened the established political order. Some claimed to know what was thought unknowable; others doubted what was believed to be certain. Some attacked religion in the name of science; others attacked science in the name of mystical poetry; some served tyrants; others were radical revolutionaries.
This historically based collection of philosophers' reflections--the letters, journals, prefaces that reveal their hopes and hesitations, their triumphs and struggles, their deepest doubts and convictions--allow us to witness philosophical thought-in-process. It sheds light on the many--and conflicting--aims of philosophy: to express skepticism or overcome it, to support theology or attack it, to develop an ethical system or reduce it to practical politics. As their audiences differed, philosophers experimented with distinctive rhetorical strategies, writing dialogues, meditations, treatises, aphorisms. Ranging from Plato to Hannah Arendt, with contributions from 44 philosophers (Augustine, Maimonides, AlGhazali, Descartes, Pascal, Leibniz, Voltaire, Rousseau, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, among others) this remarkable collection documents philosophers' claim that they change as well as understand the world. In her introductory essay, "Witnessing Philosophers," Amelie Rorty locates philosophers' reflections in the larger context of the many facets of their other activities and commitments.

"Provides insights into the thought processes philosophers pursue in creating their works."--Library Journal

ISBN: 9780195176551
ISBN-10: 0195176553
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 16.8  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.86