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Philosophy & This Actual World: An Introduction to Practical Philosophical Inquiry (Paperback)
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Philosophy & This Actual World: An Introduction to Practical Philosophical Inquiry (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 10/12/2002
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Academic philosophy has become so technical and inbred that it often fails to connect with the questions and concerns of educated nonspecialists. Martin Benjamin aims to bridge this gap. Presupposing little or no formal background,Philosophy & This Actual World addresses general questions of knowledge, reality, mind, will, and ethics, as well as more specific questions about moral pluralism, assisted suicide, the nature of death, and life's meaning. At the same time, it incorporates the advances of academic philosophers like Wittgenstein, Rorty, Putnam, and Rawls, making it equally as valuable to the scholar as to the philosophically uninitiated.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742513990
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 308 g
Dimensions: 227 x 149 x 14 mm


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An impressive coverage of philosophical issues relevant to almost anyone. Using insights from classical pragmatists, such as William James, and also from contemporary pragmatists, especially Richard Rorty, this text is an accessible entryway to some perennial philosophical questions and answers. Students or academics wondering how pragmatism is practical must read this lively and provocative book. General readers will also profit from its wisdom. Perhaps its greatest usefulness will be in the classroom, where its unimposing size, clear writing, and good bibliographies will serve introductory courses at universities or community colleges. Highly recommended. * CHOICE *
Martin Benjamin's Philosophy & this Actual World is a brilliant book and a joy to read. Benjamin has surpassed all of those who have attempted to reconcile the 19th century American philosophical tradition with contemporary analytic philosophy. Benjamin's book can sit alongside Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics on the shelf of books that makes a stunning advance in reconciling the philosophical, the social, the biological and the political.... -- Glenn McGee, University of Pennsylvania
This book is an easy read, not because it is entertaining in a simplistic way, but because it is intellectually engaging on a level that most readers, regardless of the level of their philosophical sophistication, can grasp. The prose is clear and not cluttered with footnotes and attempts to prove its academic merit. * Metapsychology Online *
Relying on William James and Ludwig Wittgenstein, Benjamin attempts to bring academic philosophy close to the concerns of 'the seriously inquiring amateur.' The result is a thoughtful, readable, interesting book that shows the general reader that what contemporary philosophers do truly matters. -- John Lachs, Vanderbilt University
Like the work of some other philosophers who have appreciated the relevance of pragmatism's insights to 'practical philosophy' (Glenn McGee and Micah Hester, for example), Martin Benjamin's book is an illuminating reflection on the craft of philosophy, both as it has been and as some are hoping it may become. * Medical Humanities *
In this instructive and delightful book, Martin Benjamin blends the approaches of Wittgenstein and the American pragmatists in the service of an insightful and wide-ranging survey of important philosophical problems. The result is a gem of a book from which both philosophers and curious non-specialists will surely profit. -- John D. Arras, University of Virginia
Martin Benjamin's Philosophy & this Actual World is a brilliant book and a joy to read. Benjamin has surpassed all of those who have attempted to reconcile the 19th century American philosophical tradition with contemporary analytic philosophy. Benjamin's book can sit alongside Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics on the shelf of books that makes a stunning advance in reconciling the philosophical, the social, the biological and the political. -- Glenn McGee, University of Pennsylvania

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