Informal Philosophy

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Apr 16, 2009 - Philosophy - 192 pages
Informal Philosophy provides an original look at how we should understand and teach philosophy. Avrum Stroll persuasively argues that philosophy should be evaluated using its own methodology and should not merely mimic formal scientific analysis, because while modern science does inform our philosophical views about man and his place in nature, it does not solve philosophical problems. Stroll effectively makes the case for the use of informal philosophy—that is, an approach guided by common sense, appealing to ordinary discourse, and employing a context-driven line of inquiry—to answer philosophical problems.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Common Sense
1
Chapter 2 The Appeal to Ordinary Language
37
Chapter 3 The Method of Cases
69
Chapter 4 What Philosophy Should Be
105
Select Bibliography
143
Index
149
About the Author
157
Contents
vii
Introduction
xi
Chapter 1 Common Sense
1
Chapter 2 The Appeal to Ordinary Language
37
Chapter 3 The Method of Cases
69
Chapter 4 What Philosophy Should Be
105
Select Bibliography
143
Index
149
About the Author
157

Acknowledgments
ix

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About the author (2009)

Avrum Stroll is Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at San Diego.

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