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- DescriptionIn this concise text, Roy Bhaskar sets out to diagse, explain and resolve the problems of philosophy . Plato Etc. reviews all the main areas of the subject: the theory of kwledge and philosophy of science; the philosophy of logic and language; the philosophies of space, time and causality; the philosophy of the social and life sciences and of dialectic; ethics, politics and aesthetics; and the history and sociology of philosophy. Among the issues discussed are the problems of induction and universals, the question of relativism, Heidegger's scandal of philosophy (the search for a proof of the reality of the external world), the nature of moral truth and the conundrum of free will and determinism. The last two chapters consist of a syptic account of the development of Western philosophy from the pre-Socratics to poststructuralism. Plato Etc. seeks to revindicate the philosophical project, and to demonstrate that the author's dialectical critical realism has the categorical power to remedy the problem fields of philosophy. The book serves both as a critical introduction to philosophy and as an invaluable resource for the scholar.
- Author BiographyRoy Bhaskar is the originator of the philosophy of critical realism, and the author of many acclaimed and influential works including A Realist Theory of Science, The Possibility of Naturalism, Scientific Realism and Human Emancipation, Reclaiming Reality and Dialectic: The Pulse of Freedom. He is an editor of the recently published Critical Realism: Essential Readings and is currently chair of the Centre for Critical Realism.
- Author(s)Prof. Roy Bhaskar
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication15/07/2008
- Series TitleClassical Texts in Critical Realism Routledge Critical Realism
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight470 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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