Idealism and Praxis: The Philosophy of Nicholas Rescher

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Walter de Gruyter, Jan 1, 2008 - Philosophy - 245 pages
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This work manages to present a complete and informative overview of Nicholas Rescher’s philosphy. A prominent representative of contemporary pragmatism and of 20th century’s thought at large, Rescher wrote an impressive amount of volumes and essays on a wide variety of philosophical topics. The present book purports to make his theses and theories accessible in one single volume. Moreover, it provides an apparatus of references to the relevant literature produced by Rescher’s critics, and positions his work in the wider setting of its links with various contemporary American and European philosophers. The mixture of pragmatism and idealism, typical of Rescher’s stance, is carefully taken into account, along with his contributions to logic, philosophy of science, metaphysics, theory of knowledge, ethics, social and political philosophy.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
1
Chapter 2BETWEEN PRAGMATISM ANDANALYSIS
21
Chapter 3THE PRIMACY OF PRACTICE
45
Chapter 4THE IDEALISTIC STANCE
69
Chapter 5SCIENCE AND ITS LIMITS
99
Chapter 6SOCIAL AND NATURAL REALITY
123
Chapter 7SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
151
Chapter 8THE CONTEMPORARY DEBATE
181
Chapter 9BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOURCES
209
INDEX OF NAMES
239
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