Philosophy in Crisis
The Need for Reconstruction
By (author) Mario Bunge
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Philosophy in Crisis by Mario Bunge
Book DescriptionIs philosophy dead? Some philosophers have declared it to be so, and judging by some of the mental acrobatics now fashionable in postmodernist circles a reasonable person might have to agree. Though recognising the moribund state of current academic philosophy, Mario Bunge feels that this is a crisis from which the discipline can and will recover. To overcome the impasse Bunge argues that it is necessary to reconstruct philosophy by building a philosophical system that addresses real-world problems of everyday people in a clear, comprehensible fashion. The new system must be exact and compatible with contemporary science and technology. Above all, it should shun purely academic problems. unfamiliar to the lay reader.It is thus accessible to the average educated reader interested in such perennial philosophical concerns as What is matter?, What is mind?, What is the nature of society?, Are there limits to our knowledge?, What are the criteria for distinguishing genuine science from pseudoscience?, and How should human rights be balanced with moral obligations? These questions will always be of interest to thinking human beings, says Bunge, and philosophy, rather than becoming a fruitless, self-referential academic game, should be the main intellectual tool for exploring and clarifying such all important issues.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781573928434
(230mm x 155mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Prometheus Books
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Mario Bunge
Philosophical Dictionary, Paperback (January 2003)
A dictionary of philosophy in the English language, this title also serves as a lexicon of modern Western philosophical concepts, problems, principles, and theories. Organised by internationally recognised philosopher Mario Bunge, it elucidates and evaluates many philosophical ideas from a humanist and scientifically oriented perspective.
Scientific Realism, Hardback (August 2001)
Presents a selection of 30 articles which illustrate various aspects of Bunge's philosophy. This book covers such subject areas as metaphysics; epistemology and methodology; moral, social, and political philosophy; and more. It demonstrates the range of Bunge's thought and his systematic approach anchored in scientific realism.
Finding Philosophy in Social Science, Hardback (August 1996)» View all books by Mario Bunge
Taking an unorthodox look at the key philosophical assumptions in the social sciences, this work contends that social scientists such as anthropologists and sociologists ought not to leave philosophy to philosophers who have little expertise in or knowledge of the social sciences.
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Author Biography - Mario Bunge
Mario Bunge (Montreal, Quebec) is the Frothingham Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at McGill University, and is the author, editor, and/or translator of nearly 100 books, including The Dictionary of Philosophy and the eight-volume Treatise on Basic Philosophy.
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