Fashionable Nihilism: A Critique of Analytic Philosophy

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SUNY Press, Apr 11, 2002 - Philosophy - 156 pages
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Thoreau wrote that we have professors of philosophy but no philosophers. Can’t we have both? Why doesn’t philosophy hold a more central place in our lives? Why should it? Eloquently opposing the analytic thrust of philosophy in academia, noted pluralist philosopher Bruce Wilshire answers these questions and more in an effort to make philosophy more meaningful to our everyday lives. Writing in an accessible style he resurrects classic yet neglected forms of inquiring and communicating. In a series of personal essays, Wilshire describes what is wrong with the current state of philosophy in American higher education, namely the cozy but ultimately suffocating confinements of professionalism. He reclaims the role of the philosopher as one who, like Socrates, would goad us out of self-contentedness into a more authentic way of being and knowing.
 

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For several generations, analytic philosophy has been in academic ascendancy in the United States and England. The effects on philosophic thinking and on undergraduates' concept of what to think ... Read full review

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Contents

Nihilistic Consequences of Analytic Philosophy
1
The PhD Octupus William Jamess Prophetic Grasp of the Failures of Academic Professionalism
31
The Pluralist Rebellion in the American Philosophical Association
51
Phenomenology in the United States
65
Nature or Nurture? The Significance of Indigenous Thought
95
Conceptual Problems in Grasping Genocide
107
Henry Bugbee Philosopher of Intimacy
119
William James on the Spiritual
129
Looking for Bek
135
Acknowledgments
149
Index
151
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Bruce Wilshire is Senior Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He received the Herbert Schneider Lifetime Achievement Award for 2001 from the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. He is the author of many books, including most recently, The Primal Roots of American Philosophy: Pragmatism, Phenomenology, and Native American Thought.

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