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What Philosophers Know
Case Studies in Recent Analytic Philosophy

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  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521856218

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  • Philosophy has never delivered on its promise to settle the great moral and religious questions of human existence, and even most philosophers conclude that it does not offer an established body of disciplinary knowledge. Gary Gutting challenges this view by examining detailed case studies of recent achievements by analytic philosophers such as Quine, Kripke, Gettier, Lewis, Chalmers, Plantinga, Kuhn, Rawls, and Rorty. He shows that these philosophers have indeed produced a substantial body of disciplinary knowledge, but he challenges many common views about what philosophers have achieved. Topics discussed include the role of argument in philosophy, naturalist and experimentalist challenges to the status of philosophical intuitions, the importance of pre-philosophical convictions, Rawls' method of reflective equilibrium, and Rorty's challenge to the idea of objective philosophical truth. The book offers a lucid survey of recent analytic work and presents a new understanding of philosophy as an important source of knowledge.

    • Includes detailed case studies of recent analytic philosophy
    • Offers a new model for understanding the nature of philosophical thinking
    • Emphasises the positive role of pre-philosophical convictions for philosophical thought
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    'This series of case studies of problems and advances in philosophical thinking argues effectively that philosophy can make progress and that philosophers do have distinctive substantial knowledge. The treatment is excellent: sophisticated and of interest to experts while also clearly-written and engaging for readers generally.' David Sosa, University of Texas at Austin

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    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521856218
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. How Does That Go? The Limits of Philosophical Argument:
    1. Quine's 'Two Dogmas': argument or imagination?
    2. Argument and intuition in Kripke's Naming and Necessity
    3. The rise and fall of counterexamples: Gettier, Goldman, and Lewis
    4. Reflection: pictures, intuitions, and philosophical knowledge
    Part II. Arguments and Convictions:
    5. Turning the tables: Plantinga and the rise of the philosophy of religion
    6. Materialism and compatibilism: two dogmas of analytic philosophy?
    7. Was there a Kuhnian revolution? Convictions in the philosophy of science
    8. Conviction and argument in Rawls' A Theory of Justice
    Part III. Philosophical Truth and Knowledge:
    9. Rorty against the world: philosophy, truth, and objectivity
    10. Philosophical knowledge: summary and application
    References.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • 19th & 20th Century Philosophy
    • 20th Century Analytic Philosophy
    • 20th Century Philosophy
    • Advanced Philosophy of Mind
    • Contemporary Analytic Philosophy
    • Contemporay Philosophy
    • Critical Thinking and Writing for Philosophy
    • Intro Philosophy
    • Philosophical Methods and Concepts
    • Philosophy Capping
    • Problems from Philosophy
    • Senior Seminar in Philosophy
  • Author

    Gary Gutting, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    Gary Gutting holds the Notre Dame Chair in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His most recent publications include The Cambridge Companion to Foucault, 2nd Edition (2005), Foucault: A Very Short Introduction (2005) and French Philosophy in the Twentieth Century (2001).

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