A Philosophical Life: The Collected Essays of William C. Gentry

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University Press of America, 2008 - Philosophy - 173 pages
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Socrates said that true philosophy could not be written down because it dies, lying sterile and static on the page. True philosophy takes place in conversation. Twentieth-century academic philosophy strays very much from this ancient insight and admonition and survives mainly through the journals, essays, books, and other written materials scrutinized by student and colleague alike. William C. Gentry was both an academic philosopher, perfectly willing to engage in the philosophical "conversations" of the written word and, more importantly, a true philosopher, in the Platonic and Socratic style. Engaging with those around him in discourse, in live conversations, which are the vehicle of actual philosophical inquiry and discovery. These essays are the product of those conversations. Gentry's thoughts consisted of investigations into the deepest and most profound questions of human nature, ethics, and knowledge. This volume is a tribute to his role as both a teacher and philosopher. As a teacher, friend, and colleague, Gentry was the epitome of the philosopher: questioning, exploring, critiquing, discovering. Book jacket.

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Contents

Whats lt All About?
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Teaching BibleBelted Students
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Ethical Decision Making
21
Copyright

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William C. Gentry was Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Henderson State University. Among other things, he was instrumental in the founding of the Honors College and the Masters of Liberal Arts Program. A gifted colleague, he was a leader and an inspiration in the philosophical community and on the tennis court. Kevin K. J. Durand is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Henderson State University and the author of numerous books on Ancient Philosophy, Ethics, and the work of Alfred North Whitehead. A product of the Honors Program, he misses his regular talks with Bill about philosophy and tennis.

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