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作者 Appiah, Anthony, author
書名 As if : idealization and ideals / Kwame Anthony Appiah
出版項 Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017
國際標準書號 9780674237711 (pbk)
9780674975002 (hbk)
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 歐美所圖書館  141 Ap49 2017    在架上  -  30500101539578
 人社中心  B823 A83 2017    在架上    30560400426349
 人文社會聯圖  B823 .A83 2017    在架上    30660020212960
說明 xvi, 218 pages ; 19 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
附註 "Idealization is a central feature of human thought. We build ideal models in the sciences, our politics is guided by pictures of impossible utopias, and our thinking about the arts and moral life is guided by images of how things might have been. In all these cases we sometimes proceed with a representation of the world that we know is not true or aim at a world we accept we cannot realize. This is the world of the "as if," which the philosopher Hans Vaihinger delineated at the turn of the century, in ways he traced back to Kant. In this book, I aim to explore idealization in aesthetics, ethics, and metaphysics, as well as in the philosophy of mind, of language, of religion, and of the social and natural sciences. No one could be an expert on all of these things, but sometimes in philosophy it helps to stand back and take a broader view. On the way I hope to illuminate many issues, large and small, but there is one over-arching lesson: our best chance of understanding the world must be to have a plurality of ways of thinking about it. This book is about why we need a multitude of pictures of the world. It is a gentle jeremiad against theoretical monism."-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references and index
Useful untruths: lessons from Hans Vaihinger -- A measure of belief: lessons from Frank Ramsey -- Political ideals: lessons from John Rawls
主題 Idealism
Pluralism
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