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Empty ideas : a critique of analytic philosophy, Peter Unger

Label
Empty ideas : a critique of analytic philosophy
Title
Empty ideas
Title remainder
a critique of analytic philosophy
Statement of responsibility
Peter Unger
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
During the middle of the twentieth century, philosophers generally agreed that, by contrast with science, philosophy should offer no substantial thoughts about the general nature of concrete reality. Instead, philosophers offered conceptual truths. It is widely assumed that, since 1970, things have changed greatly. This book lays crucial challenges at the door of mainstream analytic philosophy, for Unger argues persuasively that (contrary to its explicit self-conception), a great deal of recent philosophy has been concerned with merely conceptual issues - nothing 'concretely substantial'
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Unger, Peter K.,
Dewey number
110
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Reality
  • Substance (Philosophy)
  • Matter
  • Analysis (Philosophy)
Target audience
specialized
Label
Empty ideas : a critique of analytic philosophy, Peter Unger
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • Promising examples of concretely substantial philosophy.
  • Some pretty promising examples of concretely substantial philosophy
  • The substantial scientiphicalism of mainstream philosophy
  • Memory, history and emptiness
  • Various specifications of scientiphicalism and various departures from scientiphicalism
  • Interactionist entity dualism and the problem of causal pairings
  • Exploring philosophical thoughts that may be analytically empty ideas
  • 3.
  • Thinkers and what they can think about : empty issues and individualistic powers.
  • Language, thought and history
  • 1.
  • Thinking about "the external world"
  • Earth, twin Earth and history
  • The banality of successfully investigating unfamiliar individuals
  • A concretely substantial possibility : individualistically directed powers
  • The propensity to acquire individualistic powers and its historical manifestation
  • A concretely substantial possibility : individualistically directed mental powers
  • Generalistic propensities to acquire real-kind directed mental powers
  • Wishful blindness to emptiness : Putnam's "transcendental" pronouncement
  • Reading modal claims substantially and widening our philosophical horizons
  • 4.
  • How empty is mainstream philosophy?
  • The origins of material individuals : empty issues and sequentialistic powers
  • The origin of a particular wooden table
  • Some thoughts about tables and some thoughts about shmables
  • Origination conditions, persistence conditions, and boxing a logical compass
  • A tenet of scientiphicalism : basic individuals have no "memory-like" propensity
  • How a wooden table could have first been made from a hunk of ice
  • Tood and tice, a table first made of wood and a table first made of ice
  • Using modal terms substantially : the case of determinism
  • Distinctive material objects and these objects' distinctive matter
  • Sequentialistically propensitied concrete particulars
  • Most recent mainstream proposals are concretely empty ideas
  • Wooden tables, ice, and sequentialistically propensitied concrete particulars
  • 5.
  • The persistence of material individuals : empty issues and self-directed propensity.
  • Material sculptures and pieces of matter
  • Are there inconveniently persisting material individuals?
  • Pieces, lumps and hunks : a problematic plethora of persisting individuals?
  • Is there a plethora of extraordinary persisting individuals?
  • Ordinary and not so ordinary persisting material individuals
  • Using these sentences differently and expressing substantial ideas
  • Fundamentals of fundamental material persistents
  • A working idea of concrete reality
  • 6.
  • Empty debates about material matters
  • Observing the concretely empty in some recent mainstream philosophy
  • Our central distinction and three that have been philosophically salient
  • The concretely empty, the analytically empty and mainstream philosophy
  • 2.
Control code
ocn967259672
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199378524
Note
Oxford University Press
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)967259672
Label
Empty ideas : a critique of analytic philosophy, Peter Unger
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • Promising examples of concretely substantial philosophy.
  • Some pretty promising examples of concretely substantial philosophy
  • The substantial scientiphicalism of mainstream philosophy
  • Memory, history and emptiness
  • Various specifications of scientiphicalism and various departures from scientiphicalism
  • Interactionist entity dualism and the problem of causal pairings
  • Exploring philosophical thoughts that may be analytically empty ideas
  • 3.
  • Thinkers and what they can think about : empty issues and individualistic powers.
  • Language, thought and history
  • 1.
  • Thinking about "the external world"
  • Earth, twin Earth and history
  • The banality of successfully investigating unfamiliar individuals
  • A concretely substantial possibility : individualistically directed powers
  • The propensity to acquire individualistic powers and its historical manifestation
  • A concretely substantial possibility : individualistically directed mental powers
  • Generalistic propensities to acquire real-kind directed mental powers
  • Wishful blindness to emptiness : Putnam's "transcendental" pronouncement
  • Reading modal claims substantially and widening our philosophical horizons
  • 4.
  • How empty is mainstream philosophy?
  • The origins of material individuals : empty issues and sequentialistic powers
  • The origin of a particular wooden table
  • Some thoughts about tables and some thoughts about shmables
  • Origination conditions, persistence conditions, and boxing a logical compass
  • A tenet of scientiphicalism : basic individuals have no "memory-like" propensity
  • How a wooden table could have first been made from a hunk of ice
  • Tood and tice, a table first made of wood and a table first made of ice
  • Using modal terms substantially : the case of determinism
  • Distinctive material objects and these objects' distinctive matter
  • Sequentialistically propensitied concrete particulars
  • Most recent mainstream proposals are concretely empty ideas
  • Wooden tables, ice, and sequentialistically propensitied concrete particulars
  • 5.
  • The persistence of material individuals : empty issues and self-directed propensity.
  • Material sculptures and pieces of matter
  • Are there inconveniently persisting material individuals?
  • Pieces, lumps and hunks : a problematic plethora of persisting individuals?
  • Is there a plethora of extraordinary persisting individuals?
  • Ordinary and not so ordinary persisting material individuals
  • Using these sentences differently and expressing substantial ideas
  • Fundamentals of fundamental material persistents
  • A working idea of concrete reality
  • 6.
  • Empty debates about material matters
  • Observing the concretely empty in some recent mainstream philosophy
  • Our central distinction and three that have been philosophically salient
  • The concretely empty, the analytically empty and mainstream philosophy
  • 2.
Control code
ocn967259672
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199378524
Note
Oxford University Press
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)967259672

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