Walking the Tightrope of Reason

Walking the Tightrope of Reason Author Robert Fogelin
ISBN-10 0198036345
Release 2003-07-17
Pages 224
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Human beings are both supremely rational and deeply superstitious, capable of believing just about anything and of questioning just about everything. Indeed, just as our reason demands that we know the truth, our skepticism leads to doubts we can ever really do so. In Walking the Tightrope of Reason, Robert J. Fogelin guides readers through a contradiction that lies at the very heart of philosophical inquiry. Fogelin argues that our rational faculties insist on a purely rational account of the universe, yet at the same time, the inherent limitations of these faculties ensure that we will never fully satisfy that demand. As a result of being driven to this point of paradox, we either comfort ourselves with what Kant called "metaphysical illusions" or adopt a stance of radical skepticism. No middle ground seems possible and, as Fogelin shows, skepticism, even though a healthy dose of it is essential for living a rational life, "has an inherent tendency to become unlimited in its scope, with the result that the edifice of rationality is destroyed." In much Postmodernist thought, for example, skepticism takes the extreme form of absolute relativism, denying the basis for any value distinctions and treating all truth-claims as equally groundless. How reason avoids disgracing itself, walking a fine line between dogmatic belief and self-defeating doubt, is the question Fogelin seeks to answer. Reflecting upon the ancient Greek skeptics as well as such thinkers as Hume, Kant, Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, and Whitman, this book takes readers into--and through--some of philosophy's most troubling paradoxes.

Walking the Tightrope of Reason

Walking the Tightrope of Reason Author Robert J. Fogelin
ISBN-10 9780195177541
Release 2004
Pages 203
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Humans are both supremely rational and deeply superstitious, capable of believing just about anything and of questioning just about everything. Indeed, just as our reason demands that we know the truth, our skepticism leads to doubts we can ever really do so. The author guides readers through a contradiction that lies at the very heart of philosophical inquiry.

Walking the Tightrope of Faith

Walking the Tightrope of Faith Author Hendrik Hart
ISBN-10 9042007168
Release 1999
Pages 235
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This book expands upon the dialogue between the atheist philosopher Kai Nielsen and the Christian philosopher Hendrik Hart in the bookSearch for Community in A Withering Tradition. Collected here for the first time are the responses of several prominent Canadian philosophers to Nielsen's outspoken work in the philosophy of religion, including their responses to Hart's criticisms of Nielsen. New replies by Hart and Nielsen to these added voices are also included. This volume is of interest for students in the philosophy of religion who wish to examine the encounter between religious faith and secular humanism at the close of the twentieth century, an increasingly postmodern time in which the appeal to an a historical standard of rationality is no longer sought or even thought possible. This book tackles tough topics like the appropriate role of reason in the intellectual criticism and defense of faith, the limits of the rational justification of human knowledge, the role of pre-reflective commitments in human intellectual life, the nature of truth, and the possibility for peace in a world consisting of a plural and often violent collection of cultural and religious groups.

Death Row Letters

Death Row Letters Author Charles M. Leslie
ISBN-10 0874130158
Release 2008
Pages 236
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A prisoner on death row in Indiana, Donald Ray Wallace, Jr undergoes a spiritual journey from crime to redemption. But Wallace is slated for death. Whether Wallace had an unidentified accomplice in the murders that condemned him remains an unsolved question. In any case, four people died as a result of the robbery Wallace was attempting to commit.

Taking Wittgenstein at His Word

Taking Wittgenstein at His Word Author Robert J. Fogelin
ISBN-10 1400831571
Release 2009-11-02
Pages 208
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Taking Wittgenstein at His Word is an experiment in reading organized around a central question: What kind of interpretation of Wittgenstein's later philosophy emerges if we adhere strictly to his claims that he is not in the business of presenting and defending philosophical theses and that his only aim is to expose persistent conceptual misunderstandings that lead to deep philosophical perplexities? Robert Fogelin draws out the therapeutic aspects of Wittgenstein's later work by closely examining his account of rule-following and how he applies the idea in the philosophy of mathematics. The first of the book's two parts focuses on rule-following, Wittgenstein's "paradox of interpretation," and his naturalistic response to this paradox, all of which are persistent and crucial features of his later philosophy. Fogelin offers a corrective to the frequent misunderstanding that the paradox of interpretation is a paradox about meaning, and he emphasizes the importance of Wittgenstein's often undervalued appeals to natural responses. The second half of the book examines how Wittgenstein applies his reflections on rule-following to the status of mathematical propositions, proofs, and objects, leading to remarkable, demystifying results. Taking Wittgenstein at His Word shows that what Wittgenstein claims to be doing and what he actually does are much closer than is often recognized. In doing so, the book underscores fundamental--but frequently underappreciated--insights about Wittgenstein's later philosophy.

Figuratively Speaking

Figuratively Speaking Author Robert J. Fogelin
ISBN-10 9780199838080
Release 2011-02-24
Pages 144
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In this updated edition of his brief, engaging book, Robert J. Fogelin examines figures of speech that concern meaning--irony, hyperbole, understatement, similes, metaphors, and others--to show how they work and to explain their attraction. Building on the ideas of Grice and Tversky, Fogelin contends that figurative language derives its power from its insistence that the reader participate in the text, looking beyond the literal meaning of the figurative language to the meanings that are implied. With examples ranging from Shakespeare, John Donne, and Jane Austen to e.e. cummings, Bessie Smith, and Monty Python, Fogelin demonstrates that the intellectual and aesthetic force of figurative language is derived from the opportunity it provides for unlimited elaboration. Fogelin presents a modern restatement of the view, first put forward by Aristotle, that metaphors are to be treated as elliptical similes. He then offers a detailed defense of this "comparativist" view of metaphors in response to criticisms that have been brought against it by a series of eminent philosophers. This new edition is updated to reflect more recent work on the topic and will interest philosophers, linguists, and literary theorists.

Informal Logic

Informal Logic Author
ISBN-10 UOM:39015046402569
Release 2003
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Informal Logic has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Informal Logic also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Informal Logic book for free.

Walking the Tightrope

Walking the Tightrope Author Vibha Bakshi Gokhale
ISBN-10 1571130160
Release 1996
Pages 119
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Feminist account of the chief writings of Therese Huber, the important 19th-c. German author.

Walking the Tightrope

Walking the Tightrope Author James Ugwuogo
ISBN-10 9781449792251
Release 2013-05-10
Pages 88
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“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” – Ephesians 2:10. This presupposes that we were not saved just because we did something good, special, or amazing; on the contrary, after we have been saved we are then called to do good works. Just as in every work we do in life, we need some training. We are first taught what is expected of us and sometimes supervised (rebuked and corrected—if that is what it takes) until we got the job done. Then, after passing through the learning curves, we are expected to show some competency and sometimes required to train others (2 Timothy 2:2). 2 Timothy 3:16 outlines the purpose of the Scriptures, which is teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training till we attain verse 17 status: “thoroughly equipped.” God does not want us to be ill-equipped, rather to be completely and thoroughly equipped for every (not just some, but every) good work. The Scripture: teaches us what we ought to know shows us sins, blind spots, or errors to avoid helps us make it right again and helps us stay our course If there is any blessing or laurel or glory as a result of this book, therefore, let the glory be to God and not to men.

Walking the Tightrope

Walking the Tightrope Author Dr Monica a. Dixon
ISBN-10 9781468543179
Release 2012-01
Pages 164
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The book is divided into three main sections in order to address the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects all of us experience as a part of being human. Each section builds on the previous, but also stands on its own.Section I helps you look at where you are now. You will assess your current life on the "Wheel of Life" in order to pinpoint your strengths and problem areas. As a working mom, it becomes easy to see the microscopic, day-to-day view of your life, but much harder to see the macroscopic, or whole. Often clients who have done this exercise will remark, "You know, I've been so busy working that I forget that I need time to exercise," or "I keep working out at the gym and have forgotten that I need to spend some time praying, too."In Section II, you will learn positive ways to nurture both yourself and your family's health to help you perform at an optimum level. I consider this the building block to leading a balanced life because without good health, little else matters. Without the energy to get out of bed in the morning, you'll pay minimal attention to your emotional or spiritual needs, let alone be able do a fair job at being a mom, partner or employee. Section III provides ideas to help you manage your emotional health, including simple ideas to stay sane as a parent, how to manage your relationships with others and ideas for becoming more financially secure. Section IV targets the spiritual side of being a woman, an area that often goes overlooked in the craziness of our lives. You'll learn ways to integrate and nurture your spirituality to lead a fuller, more engaged and intuitive life.

Walking the Tightrope

Walking the Tightrope Author Jaïr van der Lijn
ISBN-10 9789036100373
Release 2006-01-01
Pages 411
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The media generally tend to focus in particular on the failures of U.N. peacekeeping operations. In Walking the Tightrope, Jair Van Der Lijn draws a different conclusion. He argues once a peace agreement has been signed, the efforts of the U.N. peacekeeping operations do contribute to durable peace. By analyzing the U.N. peacekeeping operations in Cambodia, Mozambique, Rwanda, and El Salvador in a structured focused comparison, this book shows how U.N. operations do have a contribution to make.

Hume s Presence in The Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Hume s Presence in The Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion Author Robert J. Fogelin
ISBN-10 9780190673512
Release 2017-08-04
Pages 224
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Why did David Hume feel so deeply about publishing The Dialouges Concerning Natural Religion that he set aside funds in his will providing for its posthumous publication? Part of the answer is that it provided a literary, satirical work responding to his mean-spirited theological critics. In Hume's Presence Robert Fogelin provides a textual analysis that demonstrates the close relationship of The Dialogues with his central philosophical writings and its centrality to his relationship with skepticism. A striking feature of The Dialogues is that Cleanthes and Philo seem well versed in the works of the philosopher David Hume. Their arguments often echo in content--even wording--claims found in Hume's central philosophical writings. Beyond this, the overall dialectical structure of The Dialogues mirrors dialectical developments found in both The Treatise of Human Nature and the Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding: the naturalistic effort to provide a rational defense of religion ends in weakening religious commitments rather than in strengthening them. Nowhere in The Dialogues does Hume address his readers directly. As a result, it may not immediately be clear whether Hume is expressing his own opinions through one of his characters or is using a character to represent a position he wishes to examine, perhaps to reject. The Dialogues is a contest, and Hume, by not speaking directly in his own voice, leaves it-officially, at least-to his readers to judge who, if anyone, wins. The central problem of The Dialogues is to consider what Hume understood by skepticism. The second section of this book examines competing views of Hume's skepticism, concluding with his own remarks. In the Treatise and the Enquiry, Hume says, when consumed by skeptical arguments and reasoning, he finds philosophical nurture in rejoining the practices of everyday life. His famous, concluding remark in The Dialogues about skepticism being the basis for a believing Christian seems cut from the same cloth.

Social Work and Child Abuse

Social Work and Child Abuse Author Dave Merrick
ISBN-10 9781134258611
Release 2006-09-08
Pages 256
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While social work practice with child abuse is a well-documented topic, this revised edition of Social Work and Child Abuse actually challenges and changes the focus of existing literature. Instead of concerning itself with the ways in which the task of preventing and detecting child abuse can be more effectively undertaken, it presents a critical analysis of the task itself. There has been much new guidance and regulation since the first edition of Social Work and Child Abuse was published in 1996, making this a timely new edition. With a brand new introduction and conclusion, this fully revised text discusses: the implications of the Victoria Climbié Inquiry, the Laming Report, the Green Paper Every Child Matters and the 2004 Children Act the 1989 Children Act and the conflicting duties of the social worker to prevent and intervene in child abuse and also to promote 'the family' the emergence of official discourses of prevention, treatment and punishment the 1975 Children Act and the role of moral panic. Concluding with a call for the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to strengthen the child protection system by giving children and young people a much stronger voice, this book is essential reading for all professionals in social and probation work, and for students in social work, social policy and criminology.

Films Visions and Dreams

Films  Visions and Dreams Author Brett Walpole
ISBN-10 9781609112684
Release 2010-03
Pages 126
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Can you imagine a time in the future when your film is finished? If you can, then you are already well on the way to making it so. Right from the start, finishing and how you finish should be at the front of your mind. Always be closing; always be putting the finishing touches to what you have started. Filmmaking is a process ... a process that requires creativity, inspiration, exploration, passion, and a lot of patience. Films, Visions and Dreams is an exploration of these ideas surrounding the filmmaking process. Commencement and Closure. Heightened Reality and Dream. The titles of each chapter juxtapose words that surround the creative activity of filmmaking, thus bringing about new thinking t designed to stimulate your mind and encourage you to act upon your own ideas. Just flip to any page from the beginning to the end, and find the inspiration and guidance you need to go from action to cut. Author Brett Walpole resides in Surrey, England, where he spends his time working as a screenwriter, director, and author. He has written short stories, scripts, and feature-length screenplays. Films, Visions and Dreams is his first book. Walpole's production company, Pygmy Pictures, is taking its first baby steps. Publisher's website: http: //www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/FilmsVisionsAndDreams.htm

Feyerabend and Scientific Values

Feyerabend and Scientific Values Author Robert P Farrell
ISBN-10 9789401715423
Release 2013-06-29
Pages 259
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This book deals with the entrenched misunderstandings of Feyerabend's philosophy, brings together the positive elements to be found in Feyerabend's work, and presents these elements as a coherent alternative conception of scientific rationality. It is the first book-length study of Feyerabend's post-1970 philosophy and will be an invaluable resource for philosophers of science, students of the philosophy of science, and anyone who wants to understand the views of one of the most influential philosophers of science of the twentieth century.


Logic Author Donald Kalish
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105001606420
Release 1980
Pages 520
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Logic: Techniques of Formal Reasoning, 2/e is an introductory volume that teaches students to recognize and construct correct deductions. It takes students through all logical steps--from premise to conclusion--and presents appropriate symbols and terms, while giving examples to clarifyprinciples. Logic, 2/e uses models to establish the invalidity of arguments, and includes exercise sets throughout, ranging from easy to challenging. Solutions are provided to selected exercises, and historical remarks discuss major contributions to the theories covered.

Dialogues de sourds

Dialogues de sourds Author Marc Angenot
ISBN-10 9782755503098
Release 2008-01-30
Pages 462
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Qui a jamais persuadé son prochain à force d'arguments ? Au cours d'une vie, rares sont les moments où l'on se laisse convaincre et où l'on parvient à emporter l'adhésion de notre interlocuteur, préalablement fortement attaché à une opinion autre que la nôtre. La rhétorique, traditionnellement définie comme l'art de persuader par le discours, se révèle être une science qui ne remplit pas l'objectif qu'elle se donne. Si l'on s'arrête à cette définition, les premières objections se font jour. Les hommes argumentent constamment, et en toute circonstance, mais à l'évidence ils se persuadent assez peu mutuellement. Du débat politique à la querelle de ménage, de la dispute amicale à la polémique philosophique, c'est l'expérience constante que l'on en a. Peut-être du temps d'Aristote et des sophistes le rhéteur persuadait-il ses concitoyens à coups de sorites, d'enthymèmes et d'épichérèmes ? Il semblerait qu'aujourd'hui cela ne marche plus. Ce constat pose une question dirimante à cette science séculaire : qu'en est-il d'une science aussi faillible ? Puis d'autres questions viennent à l'esprit. Pourquoi, se persuadant rarement, les hommes persévèrent-ils à argumenter ? Non seulement ils échouent dans leur stratégie de persuasion, mais rien ne saurait les décourager. Ils persistent à soutenir des controverses interminables, faites d'échecs répétés. Pourquoi ces échecs ? Qu'est-ce qui ne va pas dans le raisonnement mis en discours ? Alors que dans les situations de communication, le message parvient à son destinataire, et qu'il est entendu ? Pourquoi lorsque l'on argumente le message passe-t-il si mal ? Toutes ces questions ont longtemps été laissées de côté par la philosophie, empêtrée dans une succession de controverses qui opposèrent la plupart de ses grandes figures. Marc Angenot nous propose d'explorer l'univers de la mécompréhension dans la volonté de persuader, d'en analyser les mécanismes, de répertorier les formes du raisonnement logique et celles des errements illogiques, et de nous éclairer quelques cas de dialogues de sourds qui marquèrent l'histoire de la philosophie. Cet ouvrage en vient à poser, in fine, la question de l'universalité de la raison raisonnante et à en dessiner les limites. L'auteur traverse de nombreux types de discours - du juridique au judiciaire, en passant par le politique et l'historique (question du discours négationniste) - pour illustrer son propos.