The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics : Making Sense of Things
- Hardback | 692 pages
- 163 x 231 x 48mm | 1,180g
- 03 Jan 2012
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Tim Crane, University of Cambridge "Not since Russell's History of Western Philosophy has a major Anglophone thinker attempted to make accessible sense of the many kinds of obscurity that philosophers have contrived to produce in their efforts to write under the title of 'metaphysics.' Russell's book hails from a generation which was famously dismissive of everything it called 'continental' in philosophy. Among the many achievements of A. W. Moore's remarkable book is that it shows why we can leave that behind us. The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics should make a real contribution to the formation of a philosophical culture better informed of its history and no longer riven by absurd and absurdly simplistic divisions."
Simon Glendinning, European Institute, London School of Economics "One might fairly say that Adrian Moore's telling of the story of The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics represents a truly monumental achievement, as extraordinary in the generosity of its scope and the breadth of its learning as it is in its sensitivity to the many possibly shifting nuances of its own self-expression. But if the term 'monumental' is suggestive of something carved out of heavily immovable stone, it would be utterly misleading. Moore, no mean meta-metaphysician himself, constantly challenges his readers to join him and his exceptionally varied cast of fellow seekers after meaningfulness in thinking always anew as to what sense there may be to the deeply human project of `making sense of things' and about why such sense as may be there to be found, may turn out not to be statable in terms of truth-seeking propositions. It is a story that makes for an inevitably long and at times undeniably strenuous read; but the effort is infinitely worthwhile."
Alan Montefiore, London School of Economics ""Ambitious" is a word that crosses one's mind as one reads A. W. Moore's The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics: Making Sense of Things ... The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics represents an extremely impressive achievement. It largely succeeds at a dauntingly difficult task, and should become one of the go-to books for graduate students preparing for prelims. It can also serve as a useful reference work one can dip into for refreshers or guidance into unexplored territory. Finally, it stands as indisputable evidence that the barriers separating contemporary philosophers only do so with our support."
Lee Braver, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "... an unusual book ... Those who know the history of modem philosophy, plus a good part of recent professional commentary, may find some insightful, always learned exposition and critical appraisal. Extensive bibliography and useful index ... Recommended."
R. T. Lee, Choice "... a bold and engaging book, opening up much fertile ground for future work. I highly recommend a close reading of it."
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