The Many Faces of Philosophy

The Many Faces of Philosophy : Reflections from Plato to Arendt

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Philosophy is a dangerous profession, risking censorship, prison, even death. And no wonder: philosophers have questioned traditional pieties and threatened the established political order. Some claimed to know what was thought unknowable; others doubted what was believed to be certain. Some attacked religion in the name of science; others attacked science in the name of mystical poetry; some served tyrants; others were radical revolutionaries. This historically-based collection reveals their hopes and hesitations, their triumphs and struggles, their deepest doubts and convictions. These pieces discuss not only philosophy, but personal travails, struggles with daily life, personal relationships, as well as insights into philosophy itself and the nature of humanity. Together they reveal philosophy's true face: obsessive, curious, lonely and wise.show more

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  • Hardback | 544 pages
  • 188 x 254 x 42mm | 1,102.22g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195134028
  • 9780195134025

About Amelie Oksenberg Rorty

Amelie Oksenberg Rorty is the Director of the Program in the History of Ideas at Brandeis University. She is the author of Mind in Action and editor of Identifies of Persons, Explaining Emotions, Philosophers on Education, and The Many Faces of Evil.show more

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