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Philosophy in the new century
O'Hear, Anthony.
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London ; New York : Continuum, 2001.
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viii, 164 pages ; 23 cm
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In this powerful re-examination of the purpose and direction of philosophy for the new century O'Hear engages with our most pressing questions. Is there knowledge outside of science? Does religion still have meaning and coherence today? What is beauty and why do so few contemporary artists believe in it? In making a strong case for the relevance of philosophy O'Hear presents a coherent and compelling vision for recovering wisdom in our time.

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ANTHONY O'HEAR is Weston Professor of Philosophy at the University of Buckingham and Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. He is editor of the journal Philosophy andhis publications include Beyond Evolution (Clarendon Press, 1997),Plato's Children (Gordon Square, 2005) and After Progress (Bloomsbury, 1999).

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O'Hear (Bradford Univ., UK) wants to show how, in this century and in a nonreligious culture, philosophy can regain relevance by returning to its traditional function of making sense of reality. He argues that analytic and Continental philosophy have turned off the average reader because they have given up the quest of wisdom in favor of developing scientific and relativist interpretations of phenomena and texts. O'Hear's general approach is Aristotelian, but he also adopts certain views of thinkers such as Kant and Peirce. Among the themes he discusses are knowing, society and individual science, aesthetics, religion, and death. While he focuses mainly on issues, he does bring in some historical background and a few influential thinkers. Undergraduates will find this a very readable introduction to philosophy, since it is trenchant, clear, nontechnical, and profluent. They would then be primed to take on a more wide-ranging historical overview, such as Richard Tarnas's The Passion of the Western Mind (1991, paper 1993). For all college and public libraries. G. J. Dalcourt emeritus, Seton Hall University

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
1 Wisdomp. 1
2 The Search for Meaningp. 14
3 So, What Then Can I Know?p. 25
4 Myself and Other Personsp. 33
5 Nature, Society and Individualp. 46
6 Sciencep. 75
7 Aestheticsp. 101
8 Religionp. 124
9 Deathp. 146
10 Philosophy and the Promisep. 155
Notes and Referencesp. 161
Name Indexp. 163