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The Life of Irony and the Ethics of Belief
The Life of Irony and the Ethics of Belief (December 1992)
David Wisdo - Author

Wisdo concludes that the fragility of religious belief is due to the unavoidable irony intrinsic to the religious life.

"This is a very personal, deeply reflective essay, wrestling with Kierkegaardian themes, such as the justification of religious belief and the grounding of moral commitments. The style of exposition is clear, sincere, and hence deeply engaging. Yet, at once, the essay is surprisingly sophisticated: the author ranges knowl...(Read More)
The Highroad Around Modernism
The Highroad Around Modernism (September 1992)
Robert Cummings Neville - Author

"Robert Neville's book is most welcome and most timely. It introduces a neglected but important voice to the debate on postmodernism -- the voice of 'speculative pragmatism.' Neville shows convincingly that certain distinctively non-modernist forms of philosophy -- from Peirce and Whitehead to Weiss and his own writing -- do not fall under the scythe of postmodernist critique. Having never been modernist, they cannot rightly be rejected or dismis...(Read More)
Kierkegaard and Kant
Kierkegaard and Kant (August 1992)
The Hidden Debt
Ronald M. Green - Author

"The author, an accomplished Kant scholar, is quite right to refer to this work as a detective story. The working hypothesis is that Kierkegaard's understanding of and relationship to Kant and Kantian philosophy is much closer and more positive than is customarily recognized, and that the lack of recognition of this affinity is a result of Kierkegaard's attempts to'obscure the degree of his indebtedness to the German thinker.'

"While much in...(Read More)
Revisioning Philosophy
Revisioning Philosophy (December 1991)
James Ogilvy - Editor

"I like the fact that the essays in this work address topics and issues that are of genuine importance to the human community, above and beyond the narrow concerns of a few hundred specialists in a particular philosophical discipline.

"The topic is very significant. What Ogilvy and his authors address is the fact that contemporary philosophy has, in effect, put its head into the sand of super-specialization, while there are extraordinary co...(Read More)
Whitehead and Bradley
Whitehead and Bradley (December 1991)
A Comparative Analysis
Leemon B. McHenry - Author

In his magnum opus, Process and Reality, Alfred North Whitehead claims a special affinity to Oxford philosopher Francis Herbert Bradley. McHenry clarifies exactly how much of Whitehead's metaphysics is influenced by and accords with the main principles of Bradley's "absolute idealism." He argues that many of Whitehead's doctrines cannot be understood without an adequate understanding of Bradley, in terms of both affinities and contrasts. H...(Read More)
Philosophy and Its History
Philosophy and Its History (December 1991)
Issues in Philosophical Historiography
Jorge J. E. Gracia - Author

"This is, to my knowledge, the most comprehensive, systematic, and constructive discussion of the relations between philosophy and its history ever written. It is a landmark essay in philosophical historiography, much more comprehensive, cogently argued, lucid, and provocative than any essay written before on the relations between philosophy and its history." -- Peter H. Hare

This book is a systematic and comprehensive treatment of issues in...(Read More)
Freedom and Modernity
Freedom and Modernity (November 1991)
Richard Dien Winfield - Author

This book questions the postmodern credo that the autonomy of reason and action is a delusion, concealing our entrapment in historical convention and masking a logocentric domination. The author shows how this dogma not only assails a false vision of self-determination, but also how it ignores the way in which a critique of rational autonomy can provide no epistemology or ethics, nor any critique of modernity, without embracing the very independenc...(Read More)
Induction, Probability, and Skepticism
Induction, Probability, and Skepticism (August 1991)
D. P. Chattopadhyaya - Author

"The book is extremely thorough, a genuine tour de force. The author covers all the major contemporary and historical positions on induction, fallibility in knowlege, probabilism, skepticism, foundationalism, and anti-foundationalism--all with extraordinary rigor and depth of insight. Even major non-Western logicians and philosophers are included. Moreover, the treatment is entirely anti-dogmatic, neutral, and non-sectarian: Heidegger, Sartre, H...(Read More)
Knights of Faith and Resignation
Knights of Faith and Resignation (July 1991)
Reading Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling
Edward F. Mooney - Author

"Apart from the excellent style and clarity of exposition, what I like best about this book is the remarkable success with which the author probes a classically problematic text, and not only brings it into clear relation with Kierkegaard's other principal texts, but also relates its themes to those of current work in moral philosophy. The book evinces an impressive command of the relevant literature, both specifically Kierkegaardian and that perta...(Read More)
New Dimensions of Confucian and Neo-Confucian Philosophy
New Dimensions of Confucian and Neo-Confucian Philosophy (April 1991)
Chung-ying Cheng - Author

"This is a broad and thoughtful survey of many of the leading aspects of Neo-Confucian thought, written by one of the outstanding representatives of this tradition today. It is central to any modern study of Chinese philosophy." -- Edmund Leites, Queens College of City University of New York

"Cheng is one of two major Chinese-American philosophers who are attempting to build a world philosophy in the Western context by using and reconstruct...(Read More)
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