The Death and Life of Philosophy

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For almost the entire twentieth century, the discipline of philosophy has been in a quandary in attempting to identify and define its proper role in the contemporary world. During the past twenty-five years, it has fallen on bad days in academe, often reduced to overly technical ramblings or postmodernist rants. Finally, in this provocative and controversial book, Robert Greene does the dirty deed and puts philosophy out of its misery, issuing a coup de grace to the current ill-conceived, skeptical discipline. ...
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Overview

For almost the entire twentieth century, the discipline of philosophy has been in a quandary in attempting to identify and define its proper role in the contemporary world. During the past twenty-five years, it has fallen on bad days in academe, often reduced to overly technical ramblings or postmodernist rants. Finally, in this provocative and controversial book, Robert Greene does the dirty deed and puts philosophy out of its misery, issuing a coup de grace to the current ill-conceived, skeptical discipline. But then he breathes life into the great interdisciplinary tradition of philosophers, freeing them from the straitjacket of the mind-body dualism and "the problem of knowledge." The major seventeenth- and eighteenth-century writers from Descartes through Kant criticized Aristotle's ideas, but only replaced them with dualism and/or skepticism. Nevertheless, in light of their efforts, we can see his ability to solve the problems they raised. The heart of the book is a long chapter and appendix expounding the brilliance of Aristotle on language, the soul, and mind. This updating of him, much broader than the conventional, stereotyped, view, can be incorporated into modern science." "The Death and Life of Philosophy not only presents the great thinkers of the past in a new light, but also satirizes the philosophy professors of today, putting their work and even their aims into perspective in a readable and engaging manner.
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Recommending a radical interpretation of the way philosophy is defined and taught, the author (with a graduate background in the subject at the U. of Colorado) resurrects philosophy as continuous with science and other usually compartmentalized academic subjects. Intended as a contribution to introductory courses in the history of ideas or Western civilization or even traditional philosophy. Appends Aristotle's argument for the unity of the mind. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890318192
  • Publisher: St. Augustine's Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 1,144,579
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Greene
Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, lives in Los Angeles. Joost Elffers is the producer of the bestselling Secret Language series.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I The Death of "Philosophy"
Introduction 3
1 Attempts to Define the Discipline 7
2 A Brief History of "Philosophy" 20
3 The Breakup of "Philosophy" 36
Pt. II The Life of Philosophy
4 The Unity of the Tradition and the Attempt to Deny It 55
5 Rethinking "Modern Philosophy" 69
A Descartes and Augustine 69
B Locke 79
C Realism and Phenomenalism; Hume and Kant 83
D Further Reflections on Similarities and Differences Between Thinkers 101
E "Modern Philosophy" Since Kant 107
6 The Intimate Relationship of Philosophy and Science 121
7 The Exclusion of Mind from Nature 128
8 Putting Mind Back into Nature with the Aid of Aristotle 139
A Aristotle vis-a-vis Modern Science 139
B Substantial Being, Soul, and Mind 147
C Conscious and Unconscious Thought 155
D The Conscious Operations of the Mind 159
E How the Mind Moves Itself and the Body 165
F The Mind and Ethical Behavior 177
G The Mind and the Soul 192
H The Emotions 198
I The Origin and Evolution of Life 201
J First Philosophy and Natural Science 211
9 Putting Mind Back into the Minds of the Scientists 230
10 The New University 241
Appendix Aristotle's Argument for the Unity of Mind 277
Bibliography 291
Index 296
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