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Philosophical Finesse: Studies in the Art of Rational Persuasion
     

Philosophical Finesse: Studies in the Art of Rational Persuasion

by Martin Warner
 

Warner here puts forward a much broader discussion of rationality than that which underlies today's polarization between analytic and continental philosophy. Through a series of case-studies the author explores ancient conceptions of dialectic and rhetoric in relation to the positive role given to sentiment or "the heart" by Pascal, Hume, and Nietzsche.

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Warner here puts forward a much broader discussion of rationality than that which underlies today's polarization between analytic and continental philosophy. Through a series of case-studies the author explores ancient conceptions of dialectic and rhetoric in relation to the positive role given to sentiment or "the heart" by Pascal, Hume, and Nietzsche. These studies point to an understanding of philosophy which undercuts fashionable disputes and which helps to reaffirm a range of ideas long marginalized by the dominance of the geometric model of philosophical argument.

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"In deriving his conviction that philosophy can seriously seek truth in areas poorly served by deductive methods, from the rigorous examination of seminal thinkers, Warner does philosophy a genuine service."—Theological Studies

"In deriving his conviction that philosophy can seriously seek truth in areas poorly served by deductive methods, from the rigorous examination of seminal thinkers, Warner does philosophy a geniune service." Theological Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198244554
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1989
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.13(d)

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University of Warwick

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