Beyond the Limits of Thought

Beyond the Limits of Thought


By (author) Graham Priest

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  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 20mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 27 February 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199244219
  • ISBN 13: 9780199244218
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd ed.
  • Illustrations note: 1 line drawing
  • Sales rank: 245,832

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Graham Priest presents a new, expanded edition of his highly original exploration of the nature and limits of thought. Drawing on recent developments in the field of logic, Priest shows that the description of such limits leads to contradiction, and argues that these contradictions are in fact true. 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 theorized by Kant and Hegel. He offers new interpretations of Berkeley's master argument for idealism and Kant on the antinomies. He explores the paradoxes of self-reference, and provides a unified account of the structure of such paradoxes. The book goes on to trace the theme of the limits of thought in modern philosophy of language, including discussions of the ideas of Wittgenstein and Derrida. The second edition includes new chapters on Heidegger and Nagarjuna, as well as reflections on reactions to the first edition. This clear, provocative, and systematic work offers a radically different approach to philosophy and logic.

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Author information

Graham Priest is Boyce Gibson Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, and also Arche Professorial Fellow at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of In Contradiction (1987), Introduction to Non-Classical Logic (2001), and the editor of several collections on logic and related subjects. He is also the author of a successful book on Logic in the Very Short Introduction series.

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Review from previous edition This book is a splendid tour de force, one which should be read by every philosopher... Alan Weir, Philosophical Quarterly clever, resourceful, undogmatic, unpretentious, often sensible and usually clear over a wide range of issues Timothy Williamson, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science highly entertaining and provocative... an engaging and instructive tour through some of the most perplexing features of our own conceptual finitude... A. W. Moore, Times Literary Supplement Graham Priest combines a deep philosophical appreciation of fundamental logical issues with a marvelously informed reading of both the history of philosophy and contemporary texts. His work is ambitious and insightful... The book is an ambitious attempt to do important philosophical work across major borders - borders of the formal and philosophical, the historical and the contemporary, the Analytical and the Continental traditions. In [this] regard it is a resounding success. Patrick Grim, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research

Table of contents

Preface ; Introduction ; 1. THE LIMITS OF EXPRESSION ; 2. The limits of iteration ; 3. The limits of cognition ; 4. The limits of conception ; 5. NOUMENA AND THE CATEGORIES ; 6. Kant's antinomies ; 7. Hegel's infinities ; 8. ABSOLUTE INFINITY ; 9. Vicious circles ; 10. Parameterization ; 11. Sets and classes ; 12. THE UNITY OF THOUGHT ; 13. Translation, reference, and truth ; 14. Consciousness, rules, and differance ; 15. HEIDEGGER AND THE GRAMMAR OF BEING ; 16. Nagarjuna and the limits of thought ; 17. Further reflections ; Bibliography; Index