Speculative Philosophy

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Robert Cummings Neville
With imagination and learning, Professor Verene recalls speculative (or systematic) philosophy to the center of high culture. His foil is philosophy conceived as critical reflection and analysis, which objectifies its topic but leaves out its own account. Speculative philosophy, by contrast, cultivates the imagination of rhetorical creativity and the systematic learning of how things fit into a self-explaining whole, an inevitably tragic because always imperfect project. Vico, Hegel, Cassirer, and James Joyce are Verene’s muses, although his discussion ranges through figures throughout Western philosophy from Plato and Aristotle down to Peirce and Whitehead. More than any thinker since Collingwood, Verene shows the humanistic heart of philosophy. I shall cite this book often, repeating its images and arguing them out to my own conclusions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739136591
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Phillip Verene is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy at Emory University.

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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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