A Journey Through Philosophy in 101 Anecdotes

A Journey Through Philosophy in 101 Anecdotes

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"The first comprehensive chronology of philosophical anecdotes, from antiquity to the current era. Rescher introduces the major thinkers, texts, and historical periods of Western philosophy, recounting many of the stories philosophers have used over time to engage with issues of philosophical concern: questions of meaning, truth, knowledge, value, action, and ethics. Rescher's anecdotes touch on a wide range of themes--from logic to epistemology, ethics to metaphysics"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents: Antiquity to 500 AD. The Tower of Babel ; Aesop's donkey ; Xenophanes's animal theologians ; Pythagoras's numbers ; Heraclitus's river ; Anaximander's earth ; Zeno's races ; The atomists' nature ; The atomists' worlds ; Socrates's disappointment ; Eubulides's riddle and Epimendes's lie ; Plato's Republic ; Plato's ring of Gyges ; Plato's demiurge ; Plato's knowledge ; Aristotle's sea battle ; Aristotle's precept on precision ; Aristotle's golden mean ; Pilate's truth ; Archimedes's lever ; The ship of Theseus ; Tertullian's absurdity ; St. Augustine's time
The Middle Ages, 500-1500. Avicenna's plank ; Buridan's ass ; Omar Khayyám's finger ; King Alfonso's boast ; Scholasticism's omnipotence perplex ; Aquinas's proofs ; Averroes's truth ; Machiavelli's Prince
Early modernity, 1500-1800. The Valladolid debate ; More's Utopia ; Dr. Faustus's bargain ; Hobbes's Leviathan ; Descartes's deceiver ; Descartes's ergo ; Descartes's firm foundation ; Calderon's dream ; Pascal's wager ; Spinoza's worm and Leibniz's leap ; Huygens's planetarians ; Locke's locked room ; Leibniz's textual limit ; Leibniz's windmill ; Leibniz's mythic goddess ; Aldrich's box paradoxes ; Mandeville's bees ; Hume's self-seeking ; Hume's shade of blue ; Kant's things in themselves ; Kant's errand boy ; Kant's peaceful vision ; Kant's starry heaven ; Kant's reorientation ; Condorcet's paradox ; Hegel's reality ; Schopenhauer's annoyance
The recent past, 1800-1900. J.S. Mill's epiphany ; Darwin's ape ; Saxe's puzzling elephant ; Herbert Spencer's impatience ; Lord Kelvin's sun ; The lady or the tiger ; William James's freedom ; William James's squirrel ; Kropotkin's cooperators ; Nietzsche's revaluation ; Nietzsche's long run ; Lasswitz's library ; Frege's morning star ; Durkheim's suicides ; The monkey's paw ; Wells's neomen ; Borel's monkeys ; Russell's king of France ; Russell's chicken ; Angell's illusion ; Richardson's coastline ; Duchamp's urinal ; Wittgenstein's poker ; Collingwood's presuppositions ; Collingwood's history trap ; Teilhard's omega
The current era, 1900 to the present. Sci-fi psychology ; Ayer's nonsense ; Popper's falsity ; Boulding's menace ; Austin's verbs ; Austin's excuses ; Turing's test ; Urmson's apples ; Simon's satisficing ; The prisoner's dilemma ; A streetcar named disaster ; Putnam's twin earth ; Dr. Psycho's prescription ; Vagrant predicates ; Searle's Chinese room ; The bell curve's slant ; Derrida's demolition
Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: 190 R PBK
Characteristics: xii, 289 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780822963356


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