Philosophy and Mystification: A Reflection on Nonsense and Clarity

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Fordham Univ Press, 2003 - Philosophy - 299 pages
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Now in paperback, this engaging book is a critical reflection on the tangles and confusions of modern Western philosophy. Guy Robinson explores the nature, methods, and capacities of philosophy in an illuminating, critical look at some of its essential areas of inquiry: logical necessity, machine intelligence, the relation between science and religion, determinism, skepticism, and the question of foundation and origins. In this lucidly written, historically informed brief, Robinson locates the problem in philosophy's Cartesian search for truth-abstract, elusive, and difficult to discover-rather than in its power to help us think and talk clearly about the everyday world.
 

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Contents

Understanding nonsense
13
Following and formalization
39
Infinity
58
Miracles
74
How to tell your friends from machines
90
Nature and necessity
105
Skepticism about skepticism
125
Fools intelligence
142
Deus sive natural science nature and ideology
172
On misunderstanding science
192
History and human nature
210
Newton Euclid and the foundation of geometry
234
Coda philosophy and history
253
Notes
280
Index
295
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Language and the society of others
158

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Guy Robinson has taught philosophy at The University of Southhampton and Boston University. He also had a Research Professorship at MIT.

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