A Philosophy of Culture
The Scope of Holistic Pragmatism
By (author) Morton White
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Philosophy of Culture by Morton White
Book DescriptionIn this book, one of America's leading philosophers offers a sweeping reconsideration of the philosophy of culture in the twentieth century. Morton White argues that the discipline is much more important than is often recognized, and that his version of holistic pragmatism can accommodate its breadth. Going beyond Quine's dictum that philosophy of science is philosophy enough, White suggests that it should contain the word "culture" in place of "science." He defends the holistic view that scientific belief is tested by experience but that such testing is rightly applied to systems or conjunctions of beliefs, not isolated beliefs. He adds, however, that we test ethical systems by appealing to feelings of moral obligation as well as to sensory experiences. In the course of his lucidly written analysis, White treats central issues in the philosophy of science, of religion, of art, of history, of law, of politics, and of morality. While doing so he examines the views of Quine, Tarski, Goodman, and Rawls, and shows how they are related to the approaches of Peirce, James, Duhem, Russell, Dewey, Carnap, and the later Wittgenstein. He also discusses the ideas of the legal philosophers Holmes and Hart from a holistic standpoint. White demonstrates how his version of pragmatism bridges the traditional gulf between analytic and synthetic truth as well as that between moral and scientific belief. Indeed, the high point of the book is a brilliant presentation of his view of ethics, based on the idea that our scientific theories face the tribunal of observation whereas our ethical views face the joint tribunal of observation and moral feeling. Scholars and students of the history of ideas and of philosophy will welcome A Philosophy of Culture as the highly finished product of more than sixty years of philosophical reflection by an important thinker.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691123981
(203mm x 127mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Morton White
From a Philosophical Point of View, Hardback (December 2004)
One of the important philosophers, Morton White has spent a career building bridges among the fragmented worlds of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. This is a selection of White's best essays, which represent the belief that philosophers should reflect on mathematics and science, and also on other aspects of culture.
Question of Free Will, Hardback (November 1993)
Offers a novel defence of the position that philosophers may believe in free will without denying or accepting determinism. The author of this treatise focuses specifically on an interpretation of the freedom of personal choice.
Philosophy, 'The Federalist' and the Constitution, Paperback (March 1989)» View all books by Morton White
This book presents the first synoptic view of the major philosophical ideas in "The Federalist". Using the tools of philosophy and intellectual history, it examines the theories and disciplines used in different degrees by the founding fathers in defence of the constitution.
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Author Biography - Morton White
Morton White is Professor of Philosophy and Intellectual History Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study. Earlier, he was Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He is the author of more than twenty books including, most recently, "From a Philosophical Point of View" (Princeton).
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