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The Resource Philosophy in crisis : the need for reconstruction, Mario Bunge

Philosophy in crisis : the need for reconstruction, Mario Bunge

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Philosophy in crisis : the need for reconstruction
Title
Philosophy in crisis
Title remainder
the need for reconstruction
Statement of responsibility
Mario Bunge
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Is philosophy dead? Some philosophers have declared it so, and judging by some of the mental acrobatics now fashionable in postmodernist circles a reasonable person might have to agree. Such an obituary is premature, contends noted philosopher Mario Bunge, for people will continue to philosophize as long as they ask fundamental questions about the world and our place in it. What appears to be true is that academic philosophy is in crisis. In recent times there have been few new philosophical ideas that could help ordinary people to understand their world, the nature and content of knowledge, or human action. Worse, some philosophers have actively contributed to this decadence by turning away from deep problems, comprehensive systems, and even reason itself." "Though recognizing the moribund state of current academic philosophy, in which insulated academics speak only to one another, Bunge feels that this is a crisis from which the discipline can and will recover. To overcome the impasse, Bunge argues, it is necessary to reconstruct philosophy by building a philosophical system that addresses real-world problems; is exact and compatible with contemporary science; and, above all, shuns purely academic problems." "Philosophy in Crisis sketches an outline of what such a system would look like while avoiding technical jargon unfamiliar to the lay reader. Here at last is a volume readily accessible to educated readers who are intrigued by such perennial 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? How should human rights be balanced with moral obligations? These questions and others like them will always be of interest to thinking human beings, says Bunge, and philosophy should be the main intellectual tool for exploring and clarifying such all-important issues."--BOOK JACKET
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1919-
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Bunge, Mario
Dewey number
199/.82
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
B1034.B83
LC item number
P45 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Prometheus lecture series
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Philosophy
Label
Philosophy in crisis : the need for reconstruction, Mario Bunge
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-236) and indexes
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Sketch of Ten Paradigms
  • Holism: The Cosmic Animal
  • Hierarchism: The Cosmic Ladder
  • Tychism: The World Casino
  • Dynamicism: The Grand River
  • Dialectics: Universal Conflagration
  • Atomism: The Cosmic Cloud
  • Mechanism: The Cosmic Clock
  • Sacralism: The Cosmic Temple
  • Textualism: The Book of the World
  • Humanism in the Information Revolution
  • Systemism: The System of All Systems
  • Epistemological Consequences
  • Materialism Triumphant
  • Matter Inert?
  • Matter Dematerialized?
  • Quanta Unreal?
  • Life Immaterial?
  • Mind Immaterial?
  • Culture Immaterial?
  • Science Is the Study of Matter
  • Secular Humanism Is a Whole Worldview
  • Materialism and How to Keep It Up to Date
  • Defining "Matter"
  • The Central Postulate of Materialism
  • Material Systems
  • Emergence
  • Levels and Evolution
  • A New Materialism
  • From Neuron to Mind
  • Five Approaches to the Study of Humans
  • Seven Models of Man
  • Religious Humanism and Antisocial Freethinking
  • Systems and Levels
  • Seeking to Explain Behavior and Mentation
  • Two Syntheses
  • Two Trilemmas about Social Matter
  • Micro-macro Links
  • Social Dynamics
  • Principles about Social Systems
  • Principles about the Study of Social Systems
  • Interpretation and Hypothesis in Social Studies
  • Meaning, Goal, Function, or Indicator?
  • Humanists Face the Information Revolution
  • Interpretation, Inference, or Hypothesis?
  • Information and Knowledge
  • The Information Highway
  • Toward the Virtual Society?
  • Ten Cosmological Paradigms
Control code
45123524
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
245 pages
Isbn
9781573928434
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
00045844
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Philosophy in crisis : the need for reconstruction, Mario Bunge
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-236) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Sketch of Ten Paradigms
  • Holism: The Cosmic Animal
  • Hierarchism: The Cosmic Ladder
  • Tychism: The World Casino
  • Dynamicism: The Grand River
  • Dialectics: Universal Conflagration
  • Atomism: The Cosmic Cloud
  • Mechanism: The Cosmic Clock
  • Sacralism: The Cosmic Temple
  • Textualism: The Book of the World
  • Humanism in the Information Revolution
  • Systemism: The System of All Systems
  • Epistemological Consequences
  • Materialism Triumphant
  • Matter Inert?
  • Matter Dematerialized?
  • Quanta Unreal?
  • Life Immaterial?
  • Mind Immaterial?
  • Culture Immaterial?
  • Science Is the Study of Matter
  • Secular Humanism Is a Whole Worldview
  • Materialism and How to Keep It Up to Date
  • Defining "Matter"
  • The Central Postulate of Materialism
  • Material Systems
  • Emergence
  • Levels and Evolution
  • A New Materialism
  • From Neuron to Mind
  • Five Approaches to the Study of Humans
  • Seven Models of Man
  • Religious Humanism and Antisocial Freethinking
  • Systems and Levels
  • Seeking to Explain Behavior and Mentation
  • Two Syntheses
  • Two Trilemmas about Social Matter
  • Micro-macro Links
  • Social Dynamics
  • Principles about Social Systems
  • Principles about the Study of Social Systems
  • Interpretation and Hypothesis in Social Studies
  • Meaning, Goal, Function, or Indicator?
  • Humanists Face the Information Revolution
  • Interpretation, Inference, or Hypothesis?
  • Information and Knowledge
  • The Information Highway
  • Toward the Virtual Society?
  • Ten Cosmological Paradigms
Control code
45123524
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
245 pages
Isbn
9781573928434
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
00045844
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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