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Description - The Logic of Reflection by Julian Roberts

This book offers a detailed and critical exposition of German metaphysics and philosophy of logic during the 19th century. Julian Roberts sets his argument in the context of the debate between "analytical" and "continental" philosophers. The book centres on the problem of reflection - exploration of the boundaries of rationality, or (in analytical terms) of the "limits of thought" - which Roberts claims lies at the heart of both traditions. Roberts concentrates on the work of Frege, Wittgenstein, Husserl, the Erlangen School, and Habermas. In the course of his examination, however, he also considers philosophers ranging from Russel and Quine to Putnam and Heidegger. Roberts argues that the technical advances of modern logic have not, as is sometimes believed by analytical thinkers, generated uniquely modern problems that can only be dealt with by a correspondingly modernist philosophy, for the problem of reflection was already at the heart of Kant's critical project and of his confrontation with Leibniz. If we recover this earlier debate, says Roberts, we can develop a more adequate understanding not merely of its echoes in the 20th century, but of the role and contribution of metaphysics and of philosophy in general.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300052077
ISBN-10: 0300052073
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 159mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-1992
Country of Publication: United States

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