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Title:
Genius--in their own words : the intellectual journeys of seven great 20th-century thinkers
Author:
Steele, David Ramsay.
Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : Open Court, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xxii, 366 pages : portraits ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780812695045
Format :
Book

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In this book, seven great modern thinkers trace the roots of their contributions to philosophy. Essays include A. J. Ayer on what led to his logical positivist manifesto Language, Truth, and Logic, and Martin Buber on the origins of his view of existence. Other contributors include Bertrand Russell, Albert Einstein, and Jean-Paul Sartre.


Table of Contents

Arthur C. Danto
Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. ix
1 Bertrand Russell "Not the starry heavens, but their effects on human percipients, have excellence."p. 3
2 Albert Einstein "All concepts are freely chosen posits."p. 21
3 Martin Buber "The human means the taking place of that meaning which is latent in the being of the world."p. 61
4 Sarvepapalli Radhakrishnan "No man ... can ever really be saved until all the others are saved."p. 97
5 Hans-Georg Gadamer "Question and answer play back and forth between the text and its interpreter."p. 173
6 Jean-Paul Sartre "To me, philosophy is everything. It is the way one lives."p. 241
7 A.J. Ayer "That would indeed be a shock to common sense."p. 301
About the Autobiographiesp. 349
Indexp. 353