OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Philosophical Method: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780198810001

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¥1,628
著者: 
Timothy Williamson
ページ
152 ページ
フォーマット
Paperback
サイズ
111 x 174 mm
刊行日
2020年08月
シリーズ
Very Short Introductions

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  • Assuming no previous knowledge of philosophy, this is a highly accesible account of how modern philosophers think and work
  • Presents a distinctive view of philosophy, arguing that it is far more scientific than many philosophers think
  • Includes a wealth of examples from history charting the successes and failures of philosophical thinking
  • Offers a timely and much needed intervention in the current hot debate on philosophical methodology
  • Written by one of Britain's leading philosophers
  • Previously published in hardback as Doing Philosophy

    
What are philosophers trying to achieve? How can they succeed? Does philosophy make progress? Is it in competition with science, or doing something completely different, or neither?
   
Timothy Williamson tackles some of the key questions surrounding philosophy in new and provocative ways, showing how philosophy begins in common sense curiosity, and develops through our capacity to dispute rationally with each other. Discussing philosophy's ability to clarify our thoughts, he explains why such clarification depends on the development of philosophical theories, and how those theories can be tested by imaginative thought experiments, and compared against each other by standards similar to those used in the natural and social sciences. He also shows how logical rigour can be understood as a way of enhancing the explanatory power of philosophical theories. Drawing on the history of philosophy to provide a track record of philosophical thinking's successes and failures, Williams overturns widely held dogmas about the distinctive nature of philosophy in comparison to the sciences, demystifies its methods, and considers the future of the discipline.
   
From thought experiments, to deduction, to theories, this Very Short Introduction will cause you to totally rethink what philosophy is.

目次: 

Preface
1: Introduction
2: Starting from common sense
3: Disputing
4: Clarifying terms
5: Doing thought experiments
6: Comparing theories
7: Deducing
8: Using the history of philosophy
9: Using other fields
10: Model-building
11: Conclusion: the future of philosophy
References and Further Reading

著者について: 

Timothy Williamson, University of Oxford
   
Timothy Williamson is the Wykeham Professor of Logic at the University of Oxford, and A. Whitney Griswold Visiting Professor at Yale University. Previously he was the Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at Edinburgh University. He has published books and articles on many branches of philosophy, some of which have been translated into German, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Serbian, Turkish, Chinese, Korean, and other languages. He frequently writes on philosophy in the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times blog The Stone, and newspapers in various countries.

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