Thomist Realism and the Linguistic Turn: Toward a More Perfect Form of Existence (Paperback)John P. O'Callaghan (author)
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The camps of realism and idealism fiercely engaged one another in the field of epistemology for a long time. Thomists participated in confronting idealism from their particularly unique realist position. Post Wittgenstein the conflict has been dominated by that form of epistemology that grounds all knowledge in linguistic practice. Since Thomists work in a textual and historical mode their response to the technical approach of the analytic philosophy in which most of the linguistic epistemologists write has been slow in coming. That is until John O'Callaghan.
O'Callaghan expertly closes that gap by successfully bringing together these fields. His impressive discussions use careful exegesis and analysis of contemporary philosophic issues, including an outstanding section on the historical origins of mental representationalism and the importance of understanding that history for anyone involved in the ongoing debates.
The strengths of this volume are many and its contribution is important. No philosophic library, personal or institutional, should be without it.
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
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