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ISBN 978-0-511-78961-8 libro electrónico, 978-0-521-19993-3 pasta dura
For most ancient and medieval thinkers of the Western tradition, theoretical and practical inquiry, fact and value, scientific explanation and purpose, merged in an overall quest for wisdom. Knowledge of facts about the natural world and human beings would tell us what was good and valuable. Theoretical inquiry into the nature of things (theoria) would answer practical questions about how to live (praxis); and explanations of why things behaved as they do, including humans, would tell us what ends or purposes they should pursue. We know how this worked for the great ancient thinkers. Aristotle held that among the archai or explaining causes of all things were final causes or ends that tell us what was worth striving for, for each thing. And for Plato, the intelligible world included
not only mathematical forms that inform us about the structure of the natural world, but also ideal forms, such as Justice and Beauty, that tell us what to strive for. As a consequence, for these ancient thinkers, theory and practice, fact and value, explanation and purpose, were inextricably linked.
Langan draws on a lifetime of study to offer a new understanding of the central question of our existence, turning to phenomenology and philosophical anthropology to help us better understand who we are as individuals and communities and what makes us act the way we do.
ISBN 9780521826297, 9780511770289
The aim of this book is to introduce the philosophically curious to the central
topics of contemporary metaphysics.
We expect that our audience will include undergraduate philosophy majors who have maybe already taken an introductory survey course in philosophy or a first course in symbolic logic, and who are now enrolled in a course devoted solely to topics in metaphysics. We also expect that our audience will include graduate students in philosophy who are either getting their first opportunity to tackle contemporary metaphysical issues or are looking for a book to keep on hand as a useful resource as they undertake a rigorous research seminar on some specific metaphysical topic. We hope that many more reflective minds, ranging from the contemplative layperson to sages of the philosophical professoriate, will find
our text valuable as a source of sober reasoning and at least the occasional insight.
ISBN 978-0-230-00232-6, 978-0-230-00233-3
In keeping with the aims of the series to which this book belongs, I have tried to write a text on contemporary epistemology which presents a coherent narrative arc through some of the key issues in this area. As such, I haven’t aimed at offering a broad comprehensive sweep of all the issues (which means that I’ve left out some signifi cant contemporary debates), and I’ve completely ignored the history of the subject (important though it is). There is a place for gargantuan texts which have these grander designs, but there is also a place for more concise
works that cover a fundamental cross-section of pivotal contemporary issues in an area and nothing more. This book falls clearly into the latter category.