Philosophical Mysteries


Author: Stephen David Ross
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780873955249
Category: Philosophy
Page: 151
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"This is my major thesis. Mystery is inherent in both the nature of things and the nature of rationality. I will sustain this thesis by a review of some of the central issues of philosophy to elucidate their mysterious qualities. More important, however, I will develop in detail an explanation of mystery and trace some of its important ramifications." "I will argue that an ordinal metaphysics, with its associated theory of query, provides an account of mystery that no other theory can provide. "While the theory presented here is a theory of philosophical mystery, it has fundamental implications for all branches of knowledge, including the physical and social sciences. "In short, I speak against a simplistic view of the world and of experience based on a simplistic and narrow conception of understanding and rationality. Mystery calls not for veneration and awe, but for a full and complex activity of mind, broaching all established conditions in its pursuit of answers....Reason is fulfilled as completely in mysteries which persevere throughout our efforts to resolve them as in mysteries which are resolved and dissipated, passing into new questions to which we must find new answers, in an unterminating process of rational interrogation." -- From the Preface by Stephen David Ross

Philosophical Provocations

55 Short Essays
Author: Colin McGinn
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262036193
Category: Philosophy
Page: 328
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Pithy, direct, and bold: essays that propose new ways to think about old problems, spanning a range of philosophical topics.

Philosophical Questions

East and West
Author: Bina Gupta,Jitendranath Mohanty
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 084769285X
Category: Philosophy
Page: 464
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Philosophical Questions: East and West is an anthology of source material for use in comparative courses in philosophy, religion, and the humanities. The readings derived from the great works of the Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Islamic, and Western intellectual traditions are presented as answers to some of the most enduring questions in philosophy. Discussions are arranged under the headings of epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of religion, aesthetics, and the nature of human being. Each section begins with an introductory essay in which the leading questions and their responses from different traditions are presented in overview.Philosophical Questions raises the central questions of comparative philosophy and eloquently argues the need for discarding familiar cliches to make a fresh, unprejudiced study of these traditions."

Mystery in Philosophy

An Invocation of Pseudo-Dionysius
Author: Michael Craig Rhodes
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0739134345
Category: Philosophy
Page: 132
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The book's subject matter is philosophical mystery. More particularly, it proffers a theistic hermeneutic—from patristic philosophy—for claims and indications of mystery.

Sailing - Philosophy For Everyone

Catching the Drift of Why We Sail
Author: Patrick Goold
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118336402
Category: Philosophy
Page: 224
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This volume reveals the wisdom we can learn from sailing, a sportthat pits human skills against the elements, tests the mettle andis a rich source of valuable lessons in life. Unravels the philosophical mysteries behind one of the oldestorganized human activities Features contributions from philosophers and academics as wellas from sailors themselves Enriches appreciation of the sport by probing its meaning andvalue Brings to life the many applications of philosophy to sailingand the profound lessons it can teach us A thought-provoking read for sailors and philosophersalike

The Philosophy of The X-Files


Author: Dean A. Kowalski
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813139058
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 314
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In The Philosophy of The X-Files, Dean A. Kowalski has gathered a remarkable cast of contributors to shed light on the philosophical mysteries of the television show The X-Files. With sections devoted to the show's credos, such as "The Truth Is Out There," individual characters, and specific episodes, The Philosophy of The X-Files illuminates the philosophical assumptions and presuppositions of the show as well as presents discussions through the show to help the reader better understand philosophy and philosophical inquiry.

Classic Philosophical Questions


Author: James A. Gould
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Philosophy
Page: 685
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Utilizing a Pro versus Con presentation, this introductory text is structured around fundamental philosophical questions and covers many different philosophers.

Veronica Mars and Philosophy

Investigating the Mysteries of Life (Which is a Bitch Until You Die)
Author: George A. Dunn
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 111884369X
Category: Philosophy
Page: 240
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Veronica Mars is a kick-ass private investigator, smart and street-wise. But what can her character tell us about larger life issues, such as knowledge and skepticism, trust and friendship, revenge, race, gender, and feminism? What makes her tick? And why is Logan such a sarcastic bad boy, anyway? Veronica Mars and Philosophy features a thought-provoking collection of essays centered on philosophical issues brought forth in Veronica Mars, the critically acclaimed neo-noir detective series set in the fictional town of Neptune, California. Fans and newcomers alike will gain unique insights into the philosophical make-up of a hit show that tackled both crime and some of the larger mysteries of life. Introduces significant philosophical concepts that arise in the cult TV show, Veronica Mars Tackles topics relevant to contemporary youth culture, including trust and friendship, revenge, knowledge and skepticism, race, class, gender, and feminism Offers insights into darker themes explored in the series, which is noted for the complexity and intricate plotting of its storylines Delves deeply into the psychology of Veronica Mars during her transition from high school to college Written for fans of the television show, philosophy students or readers interested in popular culture Timed for release with the highly anticipated Veronica Mars feature film

Philosophy and Education

Introducing Philosophy to Young People
Author: Roberta Israeloff,Jana Mohr Lone
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443845590
Category: Education
Page: 215
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Are children natural philosophers? They are curious about questions such as the meaning and purpose of being alive and whether we can know anything at all. Pre-college philosophy takes as a starting point young people’s inherent interest in large questions about the human condition. Philosophy and Education: Introducing Philosophy to Young People seeks to illuminate the ways in which philosophy can strengthen and deepen pre-college education. The book examines various issues involved in teaching philosophy to young people at different grade levels, including assessing what teachers need in order to teach philosophy and describing several models for introducing philosophy into schools. Ways to explore specific branches of philosophy – ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, and logic – through literature, thought experiments, and games and activities, as well as traditional philosophy texts, are described. The book’s final section considers student assessment and program evaluation, and analyzes the contributions pre-college philosophy can make to education in general. Teachers and educators – and parents – all want young people to grow up with the skills they need to pursue their own goals and become productive and successful adults. Thinking independently and reasoning clearly are central to these objectives. Philosophy helps students develop some of the analytic skills they need to engage in thoughtful decision-making throughout their lives, and the richness of the questions involved can help young people maintain their awareness of the world as marvelous and mysterious.

Heroes and Philosophy

Buy the Book, Save the World
Author: David K. Johnson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470730393
Category: Philosophy
Page: 320
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The first unauthorized look at the philosophy behind Heroes, one of TV's most popular shows When ordinary individuals from around the world inexplicably develop superhuman abilities, they question who they are, struggle to cope with new responsibilities, and decide whether to use their new power for good or for evil. Every episode of Tim Kring's hit TV show Heroes is a philosophical quandary. Heroes and Philosophy is the first book to analyze how philosophy makes this show so compelling. It lets you examine questions crucial to our existence as thinking, rational beings. Is the Company evil, or good? Does Hiro really have a destiny? Do we? Is it okay to lie in order to hide your powers or save the world? Heroes and Philosophy offers answers to these and other intriguing questions. Brings the insight of history's philosophical heavyweights such as Plato and Nietzche to Heroes characters and settings Adds a fun and fascinating dimension to your understanding of the show Expands your thinking about Heroes as the series expands from graphic and text novels to action figures and a video game Whether you're new to Heroes or have been a fan since day one, this book will take your enjoyment of the show to the next level.

African Philosophy and the Hermeneutics of Culture

Essays in Honour of Theophilus Okere
Author: Theophilus Okere,Josephat Obi Oguejiofor,Godfrey Igwebuike Onah
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 9783825882174
Category: Philosophy
Page: 362
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Although Theophilus Okere's book African Philosophy has made remarkable impact on African philosophical scholarship, many may not be aware of the way he tried to apply his preferred method to other areas of the philosophical investigation in Africa and to overcome the risk of relativism through the promotion of intercultural dialogue in philosophy. The essays published in this collection bear testimony to the multivalent character of Okere's contribution to African philosophy. Most of the essays are about Okere's hermeneutics of culture. Some of the contributors examine the method in itself, while others focus attention on its application to specific philosophical themes.

Ein Fallschirm für Mma Ramotswe

Roman
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 9783404157402
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
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Mma Ramotswe, die liebenswürdige Privatdetektivin aus Botswana muss ihrem langjährigen Verlobten, dem Besitzer von Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, zur Seite stehen. Als er von der Leiterin eines Waisenhauses mit dem Vorschlag überrumpelt wird, bei einer Wohltätigkeitsveranstaltung mit einem Fallschirm abzuspringen, sind ihre Menschenkenntnis und ihr Ideenreichtum gefragt. Denn der schüchterne Mr. Matekoni will sich auf gar keinen Fall vom Himmel stürzen ... Jede Zeile dieses Romans ist erfüllt von Weisheit, Poesie und feinem Humor. Alexander McCall Smith wurde für dieses Buch mit dem "Saga Award for Wit" ausgezeichnet.

Hip-Hop and Philosophy

Rhyme 2 Reason
Author: Derrick Darby,Tommie Shelby
Publisher: Open Court
ISBN: 0812697790
Category: Philosophy
Page: 288
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Is there too much violence in hip-hop music? What’s the difference between Kimberly Jones and the artist Lil' Kim? Is hip-hop culture a "black" thing? Is it okay for N.W.A. to call themselves niggaz and for Dave Chappelle to call everybody bitches? These witty, provocative essays ponder these and other thorny questions, linking the searing cultural issues implicit — and often explicit — in hip-hop to the weighty matters examined by the great philosophers of the past. The book shows that rap classics by Lauryn Hill, OutKast, and the Notorious B.I.G. can help uncover the meanings of love articulated in Plato's Symposium; that Rakim, 2Pac, and Nas can shed light on the conception of God's essence expressed in St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica; and explores the connection between Run-D.M.C., Snoop Dogg, and Hegel. Hip-Hop and Philosophy proves that rhyme and reason, far from being incompatible, can be mixed and mastered to contemplate life's most profound mysteries.

The High Road to Pyrrhonism


Author: Richard H. Popkin,Richard Henry Popkin,James E. Force
Publisher: Hackett Publishing
ISBN: 9780872202511
Category: Philosophy
Page: 385
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In this sequel to his classic study The History of Scepticism from Erasmus to Descartes, Popkin examines the important role played by the revival and reformulation of classical scepticism in eighteenth-century philosophy.

Rabelaisian Dialectic and the Platonic-Hermetic Tradition

Al-Mansur and al-Mahdi A.D. 763-786/A.H. 146-169
Author: George M. Masters
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438412207
Category: Philosophy
Page: 152
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In this study, Professor Masters looks beyond the few critical attempts that heretofore have analyzed only isolated aspects of Platonism and Hermetism in Rabelaisian literature. He examines the closely related themes of Platonism, the Dionysian mysteries, and the Hermetic sciences in Rabelais’s work and concludes that Rabelais shared with the Platonic-Hermetic tradition both its dialectic and perception of man’s position in the universe. In the perspective of Platonic dialectic, Professor Masters analyzes Rabelaisian allegory, symbolism, and imagery as a play on appearance and reality. Through the allegorical myths of Gargantua and Pantagruel, Rabelais rejects the seemingly dichotomous extremes of materialism and ascetic spiritualism, while his philosophy of Pantagruélisme shows a positive acceptance of both the physical world and contemplative thought. Through the symbolism of wine, Rabelais manifests the Platonic ideal of Love-Harmony-Order on the literal level of conviviality, in the philosophical dialogue of the symposium, and in the intuitive dialectic of Socratic contemplation. In Rabelais’s view, man can achieve self-knowledge only through reasonable control and by actively establishing a balance with society, nature, and God. The magus may diabolically use the “sciences” of astrology, magic, alchemy, and the Cabala in an attempt to subject the world to his own will, or he may achieve unity with himself and his total environment by restoring in himself the harmonious order he finds in the cosmos. In an appendix, Professor Masters examines the continuity of the several themes of the Platonic-Hermetic tradition as they occur in the five books of the Rabelaisian corpus. He concludes, as two corollaries of the main thesis, that their constant recurrence demonstrates the thematic unity of the five books and the authenticity of Book Five.

Hermeneutic Philosophy of Science, Van Gogh’s Eyes, and God

Essays in Honor of Patrick A. Heelan, S.J.
Author: B.E. Babich
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401717672
Category: Science
Page: 500
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This richly textured book bridges analytic and hermeneutic and phenomenological philosophy of science. It features unique resources for students of the philosophy and history of quantum mechanics and the Copenhagen Interpretation, cognitive theory and the psychology of perception, the history and philosophy of art, and the pragmatic and historical relationships between religion and science.

The Music of Life

Biology Beyond the Genome
Author: Denis Noble
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0199295735
Category: Medical
Page: 153
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What is life? The gene's eye view of life sees living bodies as mere vehicles for the replication of genetic codes. Noble sets out an alternative view - that the genome is not life itself, and argues that genes should be seen as prisoners of the organism. To understand what life is, we must view it at a variety of different levels, all interacting with each other in a complex web, full of feedback between levels, from the gene to the wider environment. It is that web, a kind of music, that is life. Including stories from Noble's own research experience, this personal and at times lyrical book sets out the systems biology view of life.