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Philosophy and Human Affairs

Kwame Gyekye

in Tradition and Modernity: Philosophical Reflections on the African Experience

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195112252
eISBN:
9780199853069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112252.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Philosophy is a discipline that puts forward fundamental inquiries — without necessarily addressing them — about the experience of human beings. In view of this, the author states that his interest ... More


Philosophical Thought Experiments, Intuitions, and Cognitive Equilibrium

Tamar Szabó Gendler

in Intuition, Imagination, and Philosophical Methodology

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199589760
eISBN:
9780191595486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589760.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

Drawing on literature from the dual‐processing tradition in psychology, the chapter tries to explain why contemplation of an imaginary particular may have cognitive and motivational effects that ... More


Beginning with Analysis

Peter Hylton

in Propositions, Functions, and Analysis: Selected Essays on Russell's Philosophy

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199286355
eISBN:
9780191713309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286355.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

This chapter critically discusses the idea, explicit in Russell but by no means confined to him, that philosophical thinking can and should begin with an analysis of propositions. Russell sometimes ... More


Our Most Curious Device

Roy A. Sorensen

in Thought Experiments

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195129137
eISBN:
9780199786138
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019512913X.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter illustrates the power of thought experiments by assembling influential thought experiments from the history of science. It lays out the book's plan to understand philosophical thought ... More


Exceptional Persons: On the Limits of Imaginary Cases

Tamar Szabó Gendler

in Intuition, Imagination, and Philosophical Methodology

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199589760
eISBN:
9780191595486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589760.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

When should we trust our judgments about far‐fetched imaginary cases? This chapter argues that if the imaginary scenario is adduced to illuminate a concept structured around a set of necessary and ... More


THE ATTACK ON EMPIRICISM AND ATOMISM

David O. Brink

in Perfectionism and the Common Good: Themes in the Philosophy of T. H. Green

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780199266401
eISBN:
9780191600906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199266409.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Green's attack on the empiricist programme that sees all knowledge as resting on the deliverances of the senses. In this view, knowledge is built up from a foundation of ... More


Envy in the Philosophical Tradition

Justin D’arms and Alison Duncan Kerr

in Envy: Theory and Research

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195327953
eISBN:
9780199301485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327953.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter explores philosophical thinking on envy. It argues that the philosophical tradition seems largely in accord in embracing the Competitive Function Account of envy, according to which envy ... More


Personal Identity and Thought Experiments

Tamar Szabó Gendler

in Intuition, Imagination, and Philosophical Methodology

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199589760
eISBN:
9780191595486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589760.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

This chapter argues that judgments about far‐fetched thought experiments are not helpful in illuminating the concept of personal identity. This is because certain patterns of features that coincide ... More


Causation and Explanation

P. F. Strawson

in Analysis and Metaphysics: An Introduction to Philosophy

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198751182
eISBN:
9780191695032
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198751182.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter discusses the relation between causation and explanation. Causality is perceived as a natural relation that holds in the natural world between particular events or circumstance and it is ... More


. Walking Humbly with Your God: Jñanadev and the Warkari Movement

Fred Dallmayr

in In Search of the Good Life: A Pedogogy for Troubled Times

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124575
eISBN:
9780813134994
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124575.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter discusses three main topics. The first is the lifeworld of Jñanadev as the nourishing soil of his writings. The second is the central direction of his philosophical thought, which was ... More


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