Essays by Lewis White Beck: Five Decades as a Philosopher

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During his life Lewis W. Beck published two books of his essays which deal almost exclusively with different aspects of Kant's philosophy. He also thought about publishing a collection of his essays not so directly related to Kant but was unable to do so before his death in 1997. This volume brings together those essays--from the earliest to the latest--that reflect the variety of his philosophical interests: epistemology, philosophy of science, ethics, aesthetics, extraterrestrials, and philosophy as literature,...
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Overview

During his life Lewis W. Beck published two books of his essays which deal almost exclusively with different aspects of Kant's philosophy. He also thought about publishing a collection of his essays not so directly related to Kant but was unable to do so before his death in 1997. This volume brings together those essays--from the earliest to the latest--that reflect the variety of his philosophical interests: epistemology, philosophy of science, ethics, aesthetics, extraterrestrials, and philosophy as literature, as well as a few late essays on Kant. This collection of mostly neglected yet highly original and valuable contributions by Beck to various philosophical disciplines, provides a more rounded and complete picture of Beck's creativity and humanistic orientation. Beck's own account of how he became a philosopher, a complete bibliography of his publications, and a fitting tribute to him by Professor Robert Holmes of the University of Rochester completes the volume.Predrag Cicovacki is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781580460422
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/15/1999
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword: Remembering Lewis White Beck
Introduction: Lewis White Beck as a Philosopher
Essays by Lewis White Beck 1
1 The Synoptic Method 3
2 The Formal Properties of Ethical Wholes 13
3 The Principle of Parsimony in Empirical Science 25
4 Judgments of Meaning in Art 45
5 Psychology and the Norms of Knowledge 57
6 Conscious and Unconscious Motives 73
7 Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life 101
8 World Enough, and Time 121
9 Philosophy as Literature 145
10 Kant on the Uniformity of Nature 163
11 Five Concepts of Freedom in Kant 181
12 What Have We Learned from Kant? 199
App. 1 How I Became Almost a Philosopher 213
App. 2 Bibliography of Lewis White Beck's Publications 217
Index 241
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