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Well before the current age of discourse, deconstruction, and multiculturalism, Richard McKeon propounded a philosophy of pluralism showing how "facts" and "values" are dependent on diverse ways of reading texts. This book is a transcription of an entire course, including both lectures and student discussions, taught by McKeon. As such, it provides an exciting introduction to McKeon's conception of pluralism, a central aspect of neo-Pragmatism, while demonstrating how pluralism works in a classroom setting.

In his lectures, McKeon outlines the entire history of Western thinking on the sciences. Treating the central concepts of motion, space, time, and cause, he traces modern intellectual debates back to the ancient Greeks, notably Plato, Aristotle, Democritus, and the Sophists. As he brings the story of Western science up to the twentieth century, he uses his fabled semantic schema (reproduced here for the first time) to uncover new ideas and observations about cosmology, mechanics, dynamics, and other aspects of physical science.

Illustrating the broad historical sweep of the lectures are a series of discussions which give detail to the course's intellectual framework. These discussions of Plato, Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, and Maxwell are perhaps the first published rendition of a philosopher in literal dialogue with his students. Led by McKeon's pointed questioning, the discussions reveal the difficulties and possibilities of learning to engage in serious intellectual communication.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 381-393) and index.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Foreword

1: An Introduction to Philosophic Problems

2: Philosophic Problems in the Natural Sciences

3: Motion: Method

4: Motion: Method (Part 2) and Principle

5: Motion: Interpretation

6: Motion: Selection

7: Motion: Selection (Part 2)

8: Space: Time: Method, Interpretation, and Principle

9: Time: Method, Interpretation, and Principle

10: Summary: Interpretation, Method, and Principle

Appendix A: Class Schedule

Appendix B: Selected Lecture Notes on Necessity, Probability, and Nature

Appendix C: Selected Lecture Notes on Democritus and the Sophists

Appendix D: Selected Lecture Notes on Cause

Appendix E: Complete Lecture Notes for Lecture 10

Appendix F: Discussion Notes For Einstein

Appendix G: Final Examinations

Appendix H: Schema of Philosophic Semantics

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226560274
Editor:
McKeon, Zahava K.; Owen, David B.
Editor:
Owen, David B.
Editor:
McKeon, Zahava K.
Editor:
Owen, David B.
Editor:
Owen, David B.; McKeon, Zahava K.
Author:
McKeon, Richard P.
Author:
Owen, David B.
Author:
McKeon, Richard Peter
Author:
McKeon, Zahava K.
Author:
McKeon, Richard
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Methodology
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Science -- Methodology -- History.
Subject:
Philosophy & Aspects
Subject:
Science -- Philosophy -- History.
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Historical Studies of Urban America
Series Volume:
no. 100
Publication Date:
19940131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
29 line drawings, 13 tables
Pages:
420
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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