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The Examined Life: A Treasury of Western Philosophy

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Although Hegel considered Science of Logic essential to his philosophy, it has received scant commentary compared with the other three books he published in his lifetime. Here philosopher Stanley Rosen rescues the Science of Logic from obscurity, arguing that its neglect is responsible for contemporary philosophy’s fracture into many different and opposed schools of thought. Through deep and careful analysis, Rosen sheds new light on the precise problems that animate Hegel’s overlooked book and their tremendous significance to philosophical conceptions of logic and reason.

Rosen’s overarching question is how, if at all, rationalism can overcome the split between monism and dualism. Monism—which claims a singular essence for all things—ultimately leads to nihilism, while dualism, which claims multiple, irreducible essences, leads to what Rosen calls “the endless chatter of the history of philosophy.” The Science of Logic, he argues, is the fundamental text to offer a new conception of rationalism that might overcome this philosophical split. Leading readers through Hegel’s book from beginning to end, Rosen’s argument culminates in a masterful chapter on the Idea in Hegel. By fully appreciating theScience of Logic and situating it properly within Hegel’s oeuvre, Rosen in turn provides new tools for wrangling with the conceptual puzzles that have brought so many other philosophers to disaster.

Synopsis:

A true treasury — not a complete encyclopedia or history survey, but a carefully compiled selection of "greatest hits" — this book offers an introduction to several important areas of philosophy and the philosophers who've influenced western thought.

The book brings together original material from Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Pascal, Nietzche, Kant, Descartes, Hume, and others, in sections dedicated to the Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science. Original section introductions by authorities in each field help the reader understand the development of each area, and each philosopher's contribution to it.

Synopsis:

What did Plato contribute to the philosophy of art? What do Pascal's Pensees really say? Everyone knows the names of these philosophers, but few really understand the ideas at the core of western philosophy.

In this treasury of western thought, the primary sources speak for themselves. Over 35 excerpts from important philosophers — including Aristotle and Hume, as well as contemporary thinkers — offer a solid introduction to philosophy for the curious reader.

Leading scholars have carefully chosen the selections, which are arranged according to major discipline, including Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, and Metaphysics. These experts have contributed a provocative introductions in their areas of expertise.

Unlike other philosophy collections, this book is not a history, a secondary source, or a quick reference. It stands out as an intelligent and accessible compilation of primary source material.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 611-614) and index.

About the Author

Stanley Rosen is Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. He is author of twelve books on philosophy, as well as numerous articles, and he lectures widely throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

 

Introduction

ONE / The Historical Context

TWO / The Prefaces

THREE / The Introduction

FOUR / The Beginning of Logical Science

FIVE / From Being to Existence

SIX / Transitional Remarks

SEVEN / Quantity

EIGHT / Quantitative Relation

NINE / Transition to Book Two

TEN / The Fichtean Background

ELEVEN / The Nature of Essence

TWELVE / Contradiction

THIRTEEN / Absolute Ground

FOURTEEN / Foundationalism and Antifoundationalism

FIFTEEN / Appearance

SIXTEEN / Actuality

SEVENTEEN / Introduction to Book Three

EIGHTEEN / Subjectivity

NINETEEN / Judgment

TWENTY / Objectivity

TWENTY-ONE / The Idea

 

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375405013
Author:
Rosen, Stanley
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Western
Subject:
Western x
Subject:
History & Surveys - General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
v.9
Publication Date:
20131115
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
520
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.4 in

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"Synopsis" by , A true treasury — not a complete encyclopedia or history survey, but a carefully compiled selection of "greatest hits" — this book offers an introduction to several important areas of philosophy and the philosophers who've influenced western thought.

The book brings together original material from Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Pascal, Nietzche, Kant, Descartes, Hume, and others, in sections dedicated to the Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science. Original section introductions by authorities in each field help the reader understand the development of each area, and each philosopher's contribution to it.

"Synopsis" by , What did Plato contribute to the philosophy of art? What do Pascal's Pensees really say? Everyone knows the names of these philosophers, but few really understand the ideas at the core of western philosophy.

In this treasury of western thought, the primary sources speak for themselves. Over 35 excerpts from important philosophers — including Aristotle and Hume, as well as contemporary thinkers — offer a solid introduction to philosophy for the curious reader.

Leading scholars have carefully chosen the selections, which are arranged according to major discipline, including Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, and Metaphysics. These experts have contributed a provocative introductions in their areas of expertise.

Unlike other philosophy collections, this book is not a history, a secondary source, or a quick reference. It stands out as an intelligent and accessible compilation of primary source material.
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