Metaphilosophy: Philosophy in Philosophical Perspective

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Lexington Books, Oct 23, 2014 - Philosophy - 262 pages
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The definitive mission of metaphilosophy is to facilitate an understanding of how philosophy works—the aim of the enterprise, the instrumental and procedural resources for its work, and the prospect of its success. Nicholas Rescher unites two facets of metaphilosophy to show that historical perspective and forward-thinking normative, or systematic, metaphilosophy cannot be independent of one another. The descriptive, or historical, metaphilosophy provides an account of what has been thought regarding the conduct of philosophical inquiry, and the prescriptive, or normative, metaphilosophy which deliberates about what is to be thought regarding the conduct of philosophizing. Rescher argues that metaphilosophy forms a part of philosophy itself. This is a unique feature of the discipline since the philosophy of biology is not a part of biology and the philosophy of mathematics is not a part of mathematics. Ultimately, the salient features of philosophizing in general—including the inherently controversial and discordant nature of philosophical doctrines—are also bound to afflict metaphilosophy. Thus, only by a careful analysis of the central issues can a plausible view of the enterprise be developed.

Metaphilosophy: Philosophy in Philosophical Perspective challenges the static, compartmentalized view of metaphilosophy, providing insight for scholars and students of all areas of philosophy.
 

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Contents

1 The Mission of Philosophy
1
2 Systematizing the Data of Philosophy
17
3 Philosophical Exposition
29
4 The Taxonomy of Philosophy
39
5 Some Principles of Philosophizing
63
6 Philosophical Method
75
7 Philosophical Legitimation via Systematization
95
8 Philosophical Refutation
111
12 Does Philosophy Make Progress?
155
13 On Philosophy as a Guide to Life
179
14 The Philosophy Industry in the USA
191
15 How the History of Philosophy Relates to Philosophy Itself
211
16 Interpreting Philosophical Texts
221
17 How to Think Like a Philosopher
229
References
231
Index of Names
235

9 Coming to Terms with Philosophical Dissensus
123
10 Can Philosophy Be Objective?
141
11 Influence among Philosophers
149
About the Author
239
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Nicholas Rescher is Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.

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