Philosophy History Sophistry (Google eBook)

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Rodopi, Jan 1, 1997 - Fallacies (Logic) - 230 pages
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Post-modernism believes in nothing, not even unbelief. Hence it is a genial version of nihilism, and the flip side of despair. Like skepticism (from which it descends), it is healthy insofar as it rejects all dogmas; but unhealthy insofar as it substitutes its own, while eating its own essence. This book diagnoses this disease, and offers irony as its cure. What failure of nerve did to Hellenism, strength of character must do for the decline of the best. Humor, laughter, and detachment are the gifts of historical art, and of Socratic science. As we take refuge in the myth of truth, we must realize that there is no truth in myth, and no comfort in illusion, except the lie of immortality.
  

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Contents

EDITORIAL FOREWORD
1
Humanity
17
THREE Montaigne Descartes and
31
FIVE The Propaganda Imperative
73
SIX Hell and Dystopia
97
SEVEN Who Killed Fyodor Karamazov?
107
The Anthropic
119
NINE Someone Named Smith
133
TEN Jim Bouton Stanley Fish and
153
EPILOGUE Mud in Bloom Or Why Are We Here?
185
REFERENCES
191
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
221
INDEX OF TOPICS
231
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