The Pursuit of Philosophy

The Pursuit of Philosophy : Some Cambridge Perspectives

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Eleven Cambridge academics approach philosophy from various fields, to broaden its practical and theoretical applications. * Guides a tour through various academic departments including history, political science, classics, law, and English to ferret out the philosophy in their syllabi, and to show philosophy s symbiotic relationship with other fields * Provides a map of what philosophy is considered to be at Cambridge in the early twenty-first century, about a hundred years after the founding fathers of analytic philosophy reigned at Cambridge * Offers useful new directions for the study and application of philosophy, and how other fields can influence them
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  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 9mm | 306g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1118295188
  • 9781118295182

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In this enlightening look into what constitutes philosophy, eleven Cambridge academics approach the question "What is philosophy?" from a variety of vantage points. In individual essays, scholars address the role that the history of philosophy, the natural sciences, politics, and verse poetry have played--and can play--in philosophy, as well as the relationship of philosophy to disciplines such as theology and law. They examine how institutional structures can affect the way philosophy is practised, and ponder to what extent philosophy has succumbed to the pitfalls of dogmatism, or become an irrelevant rhetorical game. Can more interaction with other disciplines help to avoid isolation and scholasticism? Or is philosophy at risk of losing its identity when it comes into close contact with other disciplines?

While fielding these inquiries and others to reinvigorate philosophic thinking, The Pursuit of Philosophy ultimately argues that the unexamined philosophy is not worth doing, and shows why. The book will set the stage for a fruitful interdiscipinarity of reading, study, and debate among various fields in order to enrich that of philosophy.
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Table of contents

Notes on Contributors vii Introduction: Philosophy, Its Pitfalls, Some Rescue Plans, and Their Complications ALEXIS PAPAZOGLOU 1 1 Philosophy, Logic, Science, History TIM CRANE 19 2 Philosophy and Its Pitfalls JANE HEAL 37 3 A Surfeit of Naturalism TIM LEWENS 45 4 What Is Realistic Political Philosophy? DAVID RUNCIMAN 57 5 Bedlam or Parnassus: The Verse Idea SIMON JARVIS 69 6 Philosophy, Early Modern Intellectual History, and the History of Philosophy MICHAEL EDWARDS 81 7 Goals, Origins, Disciplines RAYMOND GEUSS 95 8 Falling In and Out of Love with Philosophy JOHN FORRESTER 111 9 Forms of Reflection, Imagination, and the Love of Wisdom DOUGLAS HEDLEY 127 10 What Is Legal Philosophy? MATTHEW H. KRAMER 139 11 The Cambridge Revolt Against Idealism: Was There Ever an Eden? FRASER MACBRIDE 149 Index 161
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About Alexis Papazoglou

Alexis Papazoglou studied physics at Imperial College London and philosophy at the University of Cambridge and University College London. He is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at the University of Cambridge and has been a visiting graduate student in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. His doctoral thesis explores the relationship between reason and nature in Hegel s philosophy, against the background of John McDowell s Mind and World and naturalism.
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