Speculative Philosophy

Speculative Philosophy

by Donald Phillip Verene, Donald Phill Verene
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739136593

ISBN-13: 9780739136591

Pub. Date: 05/01/2009

Publisher: Lexington Books

In this original and illuminating work, the reader is invited to approach philosophy as an activity that can instruct, delight, and move. On this view, philosophy can be seen as a key to human education, a mastery of humane letters, and a part of the repulic of the liberal arts. Embracing this approach to philosophy, Verene argues, involves moving beyond modern

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In this original and illuminating work, the reader is invited to approach philosophy as an activity that can instruct, delight, and move. On this view, philosophy can be seen as a key to human education, a mastery of humane letters, and a part of the repulic of the liberal arts. Embracing this approach to philosophy, Verene argues, involves moving beyond modern philosophy's analytical encounter with experience, one that emphasizes argument and criticism at the expense of the Socratic search for self-knowledge. Relying on insights from Vico and Hegel, Verene introduces a new sense of reason, one that sees the True as the whole and that connects reason to the ancient sense of speculation. Reflection and criticism are given their due, but the reorientation of philosophy toward the speculative grasp of the whole of things allows memory, imagination, and dialectical ingenuity to take on philosophical form. In the end, this work show how speculation, symbolic form, metaphor, poetry, and rhetoric are natural parts of philosophical thinking.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739136591
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The Canon of the Primal Scene in Speculative Philosophy Chapter 4 Philosophical Pragmatics Chapter 5 Putting Philosophical Questions (in)to Language Chapter 6 Absolute Knowledge and Philosophical Language Chapter 7 The Limits of Knowledge: Argument and Autobiography Chapter 8 Philosophical Aesthetics Chapter 9 Philosophical Memory Chapter 10 Culture, Categories, and the Imagination Chapter 11 Metaphysical Narration, Science, and Symbolic Form Chapter 12 Myth and Metaphysics

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