Overview

Informal Philosophy provides an original look at how we should understand and teach philosophy. Avrum Stroll persuasively argues that philosophy should be evaluated using its own methodology and should not merely mimic formal scientific analysis, because while modern science does inform our philosophical views about man and his place in nature, it does not solve philosophical problems. Stroll effectively makes the case for the use of informal philosophy—that is, an approach guided by common sense, appealing to ...
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Informal Philosophy

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Overview

Informal Philosophy provides an original look at how we should understand and teach philosophy. Avrum Stroll persuasively argues that philosophy should be evaluated using its own methodology and should not merely mimic formal scientific analysis, because while modern science does inform our philosophical views about man and his place in nature, it does not solve philosophical problems. Stroll effectively makes the case for the use of informal philosophy—that is, an approach guided by common sense, appealing to ordinary discourse, and employing a context-driven line of inquiry—to answer philosophical problems.
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Editorial Reviews

Aloysius P. Martinich
Avrum Stroll presents an attractive alternative to formal philosophy in his new book. He covers a large part of classical philosophical problems with verve and insight. His "method of cases" is an especially fruitful approach to solving philosophical problems.
Michael J. White
Swimming against the tide, Avrum Stroll develops a powerful alternative conception of 'informal philosophy', a conception that attributes to philosophy an independent, legitimate—and, yes, intellectually important—life of its own. Standing on the three legs of common sense, ordinary language, and the method of cases ('scenarios'), informal philosophy is not a handmaiden of science; neither is it simply a method for resolving conceptual confusions. Professor Stroll shows how much life still exists in post-World War II 'ordinary-language' philosophical movement. As the most eminent living practitioner of 'informal philosophy', Stroll brilliantly shows both its power and its appeal.
Danièle Moyal-Sharrock
Students and non-academic lovers of philosophy will find themselves absorbed by this enlightening and sobering reassessment of formal philosophy. Avrum Stroll provides a refreshing alternative: philosophy as the strong liking for knowledge of what is true or right, complemented by good judgment and common sense about practical matters. Written in Stroll's characteristic plain speech, Informal Philosophy will be (thoroughly) enjoyed.
December 2009 CHOICE
This book includes much discussion of the problems of other minds and the existence of the external world. . . . Recommended.
Alastair Hannay
Here is a philosopher with his feet on the ground who tells us that while it is up to science to form our theories, sometimes common sense can be more valuable. He shows how a piecemeal look at language uncovers facts and conceptual issues beyond the reach of theoretical or any formal approaches.The rigor and astounding clarity that Avrum Stroll brings to his case for an informal and context-sensitive approach to philosophy is an example to us all and sets a standard that formalists themselves will appreciate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742570290
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/16/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 292 KB

Meet the Author

Avrum Stroll is Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at San Diego.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Chapter 1: Common Sense
3 Chapter 2: The Appeal to Ordinary Language
4 Chapter 3: The Method of Cases
5 Chapter 4: What Philosophy Should Be
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