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Modern Philosophy: An Introduction and Survey (edition 1996)

by Roger Scruton

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Title:Modern Philosophy: An Introduction and Survey
Authors:Roger Scruton
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (1996), Paperback, 624 pages
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The jacket copy on this book places it with the neo-conservative movement starting with Margaret Thatcher. I suppose that Roger Scruton has the reputation of being a conservative philosopher. He certainly does not like Sartre, Derrida and the deconstructivists, and is firmly within the tradition of British logical positivists, spending many pages on Wittgenstein. He is very clear, and a very good writer, however, and I spent many enjoyable evenings with this book, thinking hard about epistemology, logic, and the language analysis of Wittgenstein. The book begins with Descarte and the fundamental problem of knowing that the world is real. Speaking of the argument against the existence of a private language, Scruton quotes Wittgenstein: "It makes sense to say about other people that they doubt whether I am in pain, but not to express a doubt about being in pain myself". Kant is a favorite of Scruton, especially for his Prologmena to Morals and Critique of Practical Reason. Kant's theory of categorical imperatives is questioned, however, by modern logic philosophers. I was motivated to read more philosophy, but decided to take some time away from the subject. ( )
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Philosopher Roger Scruton offers a wide-ranging perspective on philosophy, from logic to aesthetics, written in a lively and engaging way that is sure to stimulate debate. Rather than producing a survey of an academic discipline, Scruton reclaims philosophy for worldly concerns.

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Philosopher Roger Scruton offers a wide-ranging perspective on philosophy, from logic to aesthetics, written in a lively and engaging way that is sure to stimulate debate. Rather than producing a survey of an academic discipline, Scruton reclaims philosophy for worldly concerns.… (more)

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