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THE WORLD PHILOSOPHY MADE : FROM PLATO TO THE DIGITAL AGE


By SOAMES, SCOTT  (Author)
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Price : $ 29.95  
ISBN : 9780691176925  
Dimension : 5.5 x 8.5 in    Page : 439
Year of Publication : 2019    Edition : 1
Publisher : PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
Subject : PHILOSOPHY




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DESCRIPTION: Philosophical investigation is the root of all human knowledge. Developing new concepts, reinterpreting old truths, and reconceptualizing fundamental questions, philosophy has progressed—and driven human progress—for more than two millennia. In short, we live in a world philosophy made. In this concise history of philosophy’s world-shaping impact, Scott Soames demonstrates that the modern world—including its science, technology, and politics—simply would not be possible without the accomplishments of philosophy. Firmly rebutting the misconception of philosophy as ivory-tower thinking, Soames traces its essential contributions to fields as diverse as law and logic, psychology and economics, relativity and rational decision theory. Beginning with the giants of ancient Greek philosophy, The World Philosophy Made chronicles the achievements of the great thinkers, from the medieval and early modern eras to the present. It explores how philosophy has shaped our language, science, mathematics, religion, culture, morality, education, and politics, as well as our understanding of ourselves. Philosophy’s idea of rational inquiry as the key to theoretical knowledge and practical wisdom has transformed the world in which we live. From the laws that govern society to the digital technology that permeates modern life, philosophy has opened up new possibilities and set us on more productive paths. The World Philosophy Made explains and illuminates as never before the inexhaustible richness of philosophy and its influence on our individual and collective lives.


Scott Soames is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His many books include Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century; The Analytic Tradition in Philosophy, volumes one and two; and Analytic Philosophy in America (all Princeton). He lives in Marina Del Rey, California.

Content :

CONTENTS Introduction ix Timeline xiv 1 The Dawn of Western Philosophy 1 2 A Truce between Faith and Reason 20 3 The Beginnings of Modern Science 40 4 Free Societies, Free Markets, and Free People 73 5 Modern Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics 92 6 Logic, Computation, and the Birth of the Digital Age 113 7 The Science of Language 133 8 The Science of Rational Choice 157 9 Mind, Body, and Cognitive Science 188 10 Philosophy and Physics 220 11 Liberty, Justice, and the Good Society 250 12 Laws, Constitutions, and the State 303 13 The Objectivity of Morality 341 14 Virtue, Happiness, and Meaning in the Face of Death 373 Appendix: The Noble Deaths of Socrates and David Home 386 Bios of Leading Figures 397 Acknowledgements Notes 405 407 References 425 Index 435
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