Studies in Metaphilosophy

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Walter de Gruyter, Jan 1, 2006 - Philosophy - 218 pages
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While philosophers from Plato to Kant and beyond have discussed the mission and methodology of philosophy, this area of deliberation has only recently been acknowledged as a distinctive branch of philosophy as such, duly entitled metaphilosophy. There are, as yet, very few books on the subject so that the present volume joins a rather select group. Professor Rescher has published in the field for some thirty years and this book gathers together a representative sampling of his contributions. Taken together these pieces convey an instructive overview of the field, as well as vividly conveying their author's take on the key issues that constitute its problem domain.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1HOLISTIC EXPLANATION AND THEIDEA OF A GRAND UNIFIED THEORY
vi
Chapter 2ON FIRST PRINCIPLESAND THEIR LEGITIMATION
10
Chapter 3ON PHILOSOPHICALSYSTEMATIZATIONAPORETIC METHOD AND THEHEGELIAN VISION
25
Chapter 4THE PRICE OF AN ULTIMATE THEORY
64
Chapter 5PHILOSOPHICAL METHODOLOGY
85
Chapter 6THE FALLACY OF RESPECT NEGLECT
112
AN ESSAY TOWARDSORIENTATIONAL PLURALISMIN METAPHILOSOPHY
121
Chapter 8IS PHILOSOPHY A GUIDE TO LIFE?On the Problematic Nature ofApplied Philosophy
157
Chapter 9PHILOSOPHICAL PRINCIPLES
169
Chapter 10THE INTERPRETATION OFPHILOSOPHICAL TEXTS
187
Chapter 11REFERENTIAL ANALYSIS INPHILOSOPHY
202
Name Index
214
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