Fashionable Nihilism: A Critique of Analytic Philosophy / Edition 1

Fashionable Nihilism: A Critique of Analytic Philosophy / Edition 1

by Bruce Wilshire
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791454304

ISBN-13: 9780791454305

Pub. Date: 04/28/2002

Publisher: State University of New York Press

One of America's foremost philosophers reflects on the discipline and its relation to everyday life.

Thoreau wrote that we have professors of philosophy but no philosophers. Can’t we have both? Why doesn’t philosophy hold a more central place in our lives? Why should it? Eloquently opposing the analytic thrust of philosophy in academia, noted

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One of America's foremost philosophers reflects on the discipline and its relation to everyday life.

Thoreau wrote that we have professors of philosophy but no philosophers. Can’t we have both? Why doesn’t philosophy hold a more central place in our lives? Why should it? Eloquently opposing the analytic thrust of philosophy in academia, noted pluralist philosopher Bruce Wilshire answers these questions and more in an effort to make philosophy more meaningful to our everyday lives. Writing in an accessible style he resurrects classic yet neglected forms of inquiring and communicating. In a series of personal essays, Wilshire describes what is wrong with the current state of philosophy in American higher education, namely the cozy but ultimately suffocating confinements of professionalism. He reclaims the role of the philosopher as one who, like Socrates, would goad us out of self-contentedness into a more authentic way of being and knowing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791454305
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Nihilistic Consequences of Analytic Philosophy1
2"The Ph.D Octopus": William James's Prophetic Grasp of the Failures of Academic Professionalism31
3The Pluralist Rebellion in the American Philosophical Association51
4Phenomenology in the United States65
5Nature or Nurture?: The Significance of Indigenous Thought95
6Conceptual Problems in Grasping Genocide107
7Henry Bugbee: Philosopher of Intimacy119
8William James on the "Spiritual"129
9Looking for Bek135
Acknowledgments149
Index151

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