What Philosophers Know Case Studies in Recent Analytic Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0521672228
ISBN-13: 9780521672221
Edition: 2009
Authors: Gary Gutting
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/2/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Philosophy has never delivered on its promise to settle the great moral and religious questions of human existence, and even most philosophers conclude that it does not offer an established body of disciplinary knowledge. Gary Gutting challenges this view by examining detailed case studies of recent achievements by analytic philosophers such as Quine, Kripke, Gettier, Lewis, Chalmers, Plantinga, Kuhn, Rawls, and Rorty. He shows that these philosophers have indeed produced a substantial body of disciplinary knowledge, but he challenges many common views about what philosophers have achieved. Topics discussed include the role of argument in philosophy, naturalist and experimentalist challenges to the status of philosophical intuitions, the importance of pre-philosophical convictions, Rawls' method of reflective equilibrium, and Rorty's challenge to the idea of objective philosophical truth. The book offers a lucid survey of recent analytic work and presents a new understanding of philosophy as an important source of knowledge.

Introduction
How Does That Go? The Limits of Philosophical Argument
Quine's 'Two Dogmas': argument or imagination?
Argument and intuition in Kripke's Naming and Necessity
The rise and fall of counterexamples: Gettier, Goldman, and Lewis
Reflection: pictures, intuitions, and philosophical knowledge
Arguments and Convictions
Turning the tables: Plantinga and the rise of the philosophy of religion
Materialism and compatibilism: two dogmas of analytic philosophy?
Was there a Kuhnian revolution? Convictions in the philosophy of science
Conviction and argument in Rawls' A Theory of Justice
Philosophical Truth and Knowledge
Rorty against the world: philosophy, truth, and objectivity
Philosophical knowledge: summary and application
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