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The Death and Life of Philosophy
     

The Death and Life of Philosophy

by Robert Greene
 
For almost the entire twentieth century, the discipline of philosophy has been in aquandary 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. Its demise has been predicted, if not reported, for

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For almost the entire twentieth century, the discipline of philosophy has been in aquandary 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. Its demise has been predicted, if not reported, for years. 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 Athe 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 two appendices 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 highly readable and engaging manner. In the final chapter, the critique of philosophy is extended to other ill-conceived disciplines, such as psychology, linguistics, English, etc. The momentum of change, Greene predicts, will become so great that a revolution will occur. The new system will be based on the great books and the ideal of liberal education. Many of the problems that have plagued education for years will be solved.

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890318192
Publisher:
St. Augustine's Press
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Edition description:
1
Pages:
318
Sales rank:
420,605
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Robert H. Greene is assistant professor of history at the University of Montana and the author of Bodies Like Bright Stars: Saints and Relics in Orthodox Russia.

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