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Beyond the Limits of Thought

Beyond the Limits of Thought

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  • Date Published: May 1995
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print January 1999
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521454209

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  • This is a philosophical investigation of the nature of the limits of thought. Drawing on recent developments in the field of logic, Graham Priest shows that the description of such limits leads to contradiction, and argues that these contradictions are in fact veridical. Beginning with an analysis of the way in which these limits arise in pre-Kantian philosophy, Priest goes on to illustrate how the nature of these limits was theorised by Kant and Hegel. He offers new interpretations of Berkeley's master argument for idealism and Kant on the antimonies. He explores the paradoxes of self reference, and provides a unified account of the structure of such paradoxes. The book concludes by tracing the theme of the limits of thought in modern philosophy of language, including discussions of the ideas of Wittgenstein and Derrida.

    • Major new thesis about the nature of conceptual limits
    • Original reinterpretation of a number of major Western philosophers e.g., Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, Derrida
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1995
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521454209
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.608kg
    • contains: 9 tables
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print January 1999
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: beyond the limit
    Part I. The Limits of Thought in Pre-Kantian Philosophy: Pre-Kantian Philosophy:
    1. The limits of expression
    2. The limits of iteration
    3. The limits of cognition
    4. The limits of conception
    Part II. The Limits of Thought in Kant and Hegel:
    5. Noumena and the categories
    6. Kant's antimonies
    7. Hegel's infinities
    Part III. Limits and the Paradoxes of Self-Reference:
    8. Absolute infinity
    9. Vicious circles
    10. Parameterisation
    11. Sets and classes
    Technical appendix
    Part IV. Language and its Limits:
    12. The unity of thought
    13. Translation, reference and truth
    14. Consciousness, rules and différence
    Conclusion: the persistence of inclosure

  • Author

    Graham Priest, University of Queensland

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