The Self Awakened: Pragmatism Unbound

The Self Awakened: Pragmatism Unbound

by Roberto Mangabeira Unger
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674023544

ISBN-13: 9780674023543

Pub. Date: 02/28/2007

Publisher: Harvard University Press

In what kind of world and for what kind of thought is time real, history open, and novelty possible? In what kind of world and for what kind of thought does it make sense for a human being to look for trouble rather than to stay out of trouble?In this long-awaited work of general philosophy, Roberto Mangabeira Unger proposes a radical reorientation of established

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In what kind of world and for what kind of thought is time real, history open, and novelty possible? In what kind of world and for what kind of thought does it make sense for a human being to look for trouble rather than to stay out of trouble?In this long-awaited work of general philosophy, Roberto Mangabeira Unger proposes a radical reorientation of established ideas about nature, mind, society, politics, and religion. He shows how we have to change our beliefs if we are to succeed in doing justice to our most distinctive contemporary experiences, discoveries, and ideals.

The Self Awakened mobilizes the resources of several philosophical traditions, and develops the unrecognized revolutionary implications of the most influential of these traditions today--pragmatism. Avoiding technical jargon and needless complication, this book makes a case for philosophy as the supreme activity of the intellect at war, insisting on its power to deal with what matters most.

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ISBN-13:
9780674023543
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

The Philosophy of the Age

Rejected Options

The Perennial Philosophy and Its Enemy

Pragmatism Reclaimed

Pragmatism As a Starting Point

Three Ideas of the Pragmatists

Central Themes: Agency, Contingency, Futurity, Experimentalism

Two Misreadings of Pragmatism

Pragmatist Insights and American Mistakes

The Core Conception: Constraint, Incompleteness, Resistance, Reinvention

A Conception of Humanity

Four Elements of the Conception

Philosophical Attitudes Associated With These Ideas

Time and Experience: Antinomies of the Impersonal

The Source of the Antinomies

The Antinomy of Time

The Antinomy of Objectivity

The Reality of Time: the Transformation of Transformation

The Reality of Time

The Thesis That Time Is the Transformation of Transformation

The Thesis That Time Holds Sway Over Everything

The Thesis That There Is No Closed Horizon of Possible Worlds

The Thesis That Mathematics Is a Trojan Horse Within the Mind Against the Recognition of Time

The Thesis That Human Experience Has an Inescapable Temporal Structure

Self-Consciousness: Humanity Imagined

The Imagination Disarmed in the Social Sciences and Humanities: Rationalization, Humanization, and Escapism

Self-Consciousness Redirected

An Initial View of the Mind

The Initial View Developed By Contrast

The Two Sides of the Mind

From the Conception of the Mind to the Marking of a Direction

What Then Should We Do?

Conception and Orientation

The Indifference of Nature: False Escape

Will and Imagination

The Manifest World and Hidden Reality

The Conflict Between the Enabling Requirements of Self-Possession

Self and Character

Historical and Biographical Time

The Prophecies of Art

Society: the Perpetual Invention of the Future

Politics: Democracy As Anti-Fate

A Moment of Reform: the Reinvention of Social Democracy

Religion: the Self Awakened

The Problems of Connection and Transcendence Restated

How We Encounter These Problems in the Course of a Life

Existential Options

The Two Awakenings of the Self

Demands of the Second Awakening

Philosophy: Beyond Super-Science and Self-Help

First Digression: Nature in Its Place

Second Digression: the Universal Grid of Philosophy

Proper Name Index

Thematic Index

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