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Reason, Reality, and Speculative Philosophy
     

Reason, Reality, and Speculative Philosophy

by Arthur E. Murphy
 

Though one of the best known and most highly regarded philosophers of his day, Arthur E. Murphy left few books behind, least of all the “big book” he alluded to throughout his life but, for reasons unknown, never published. Reason, Reality, and Speculative Philosophy is derived from that book manuscript, so famous and yet so unknown, and offers

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Though one of the best known and most highly regarded philosophers of his day, Arthur E. Murphy left few books behind, least of all the “big book” he alluded to throughout his life but, for reasons unknown, never published. Reason, Reality, and Speculative Philosophy is derived from that book manuscript, so famous and yet so unknown, and offers at last a clear and definitive statement of Murphy’s view of the place and purpose of philosophy.
    Most of all, this book introduces readers to a genuine lover of wisdom, a philosopher who used ordinary English to address traditional problems of philosophy. Murphy gives a critical account of speculative philosophy and, at the same time, offers a constructive attempt to outline a philosophy true to both reason and reality. In the process, he examines the speculative philosophies of F. H. Bradley, C. S. Peirce, Bertrand Russell, George Santayana, and A. N. Whitehead, among others, and dissects various forms of realism and idealism. His work thus provides a trenchant critique of the major philosophical tendencies of the period from 1890 to 1940.
    This long-lost work, recovered and edited with expert care by Marcus G. Singer, is a contribution to philosophic reason that is penetrating, comprehensive, witty, and wise.

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The recovered work of a major American philosopher of the 20th century

Booknews
In 1940 American philosopher Murphy (1901-62) finished the manuscript of the comprehensive synthesis of his ideas, but it was never published. Here are excerpts from that tome discussing philosophy in the contemporary world, idealism and its dialectic, Peirce's pragmatic metaphysics, recent speculative philosophy and its applications, the ironical wisdom of Santayana, and other topics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299150402
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
08/15/1996
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Arthur E. Murphy (1901–1962) taught at many major American universities, including Berkeley, Chicago, Cornell, Brown, Illinois, Washington, and Texas. He was the author of The Theory of Practical Reason, The Uses of Reason, and Reason and the Common Good and the coauthor of Philosophy in American Education. Marcus G. Singer (1926–2016) was a professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the author of Generalization in Ethics: An Essay in the Logic of Ethics, with the Rudiments of a System of Moral Philosophy, and the editor of several volumes of philosophical writings.

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