The conditions of philosophy; its checkered past, its present disorder, and its future promise [by] Mortimer J. Adler.

[1st ed.].. New York, Atheneum, 1965.

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Subjects Philosophie.
Description xi, 303 pages 22 cm
Copyright Date 1965.
Notes Based on the Encyclopaedia Britannica Lectures delivered at the University of Chicago, 1964.
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary Is philosophy in its dotage? Is it bankrupt and no longer deserving of the respect that is accorded science? Or is it still in infancy? As major intellectual enterprises in our Western civilization, science and philosophy have had equally long careers, going back to their simultaneous beginnings more than 2,500 years ago. The last 300 years have brought science to high public esteem for its methods, its accomplishments, and its usefulness. But in that same 300 years the methods, accomplishments, and usefulness of philosophy have come, more and more, to be questioned - by philosophers themselves as well as by the public.
Contents Introduction -- The five conditions -- Other views of philosophy -- Presuppositions -- Logical considerations -- A method of its own -- The common experience of mankind -- Common-sense knowledge -- Tests of truth in philosophy -- Philosophy as a public enterprise: agreement and progress -- The use of philosophy: the "is-ought" test -- Understanding the world: the "mixed question" -- Test -- Retrospect and prospect -- The misfortunes of philosophy in antiquity -- The disorders of philosophy in the middle ages -- The vicissitudes of philosophy in modern times -- Philosophy's future.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)266362
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WorldCat Identities Adler, Mortimer Jerome, 1902-2001.
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