Concept Audits A Philosophical Method

Concept Audits
Uitgever: Lexington Books
  • Engels
  • Hardcover
  • 9781498540391
  • Druk: 1
  • augustus 2016
  • 194 pagina's
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Concept auditing explores the obligation of philosophers to honor the existing meanings of terms and concepts such as knowledge, truth, justice, fairness, and beauty. Nicholas Rescher explains how philosophers' treatments of topics relate to our presystematic understanding and how their deliberations should relate to the prevailing conception of the matters.


In Concept Audits, Rescher (Univ. of Pittsburgh) turns his attention to ordinary language, advocating for a simple method for ensuring that philosophical concepts such as truth, knowledge, and beauty hew to their pre-philosophical meanings. Echoing Ludwig Wittgenstein, Rescher makes the case that when philosophy moves away from ordinary language, philosophy suffers, not merely in its ability to solve conceptual problems but also in its ability to resonate with non-philosophers. Rescher's method-to examine the ordinary-language terms used in philosophical deliberation-takes just ten pages to elaborate; in the 36 brief chapters that follow, he demonstrates concept auditing in practice. Rescher subjects classic problems, among them the Cartesian demon and the ship of Theseus, to conceptual audit, turning up all manner of equivocations, category mistakes, and logical fallacies... [H]e is a titan of the field, and Concept Audits offers a methodologically sound glimpse into contemporary ordinary language philosophy in action. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. * CHOICE * [T]here are things to be gained by reading his book. * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews * As one of the world's strongest philosophers, Nicholas Rescher has written books on topics going far beyond analysis of Ordinary Language. In Concept Audits, however, his theme is how disastrous it is to forget what words ordinarily mean, using a host of intriguing examples. -- John Leslie, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada Nicholas Rescher's admirable Concept Audits: A Philosophical Method systematizes a three-step natural language strategy for auditing the pretheoretical meanings of concept terms vital to philosophical expression. Rescher reveals the method successfully applied in many chapters in the history of philosophy, starting with Socrates' elenchus as a prototype concept audit. He then considers the method's value thematically in approaching a wide range of contemporary philosophical inquiries. Rescher's book is highly recommended to students and professionals. It will be appreciated as much for what it teaches about the underlying assumptions of some of the past most productive practice of philosophy, as for its clearly articulated and lavishly illustrated program for charting future methodologically self-conscious philosophical advances. -- Dale Jacquette, Universitat Bern Nicholas Rescher successively shows that Ordinary Language Philosophy is viable today by applying its methodology to a wide variety of philosophical issues within logic and metaphysics and areas in between. I highly recommend the book for anyone who recognizes the important role language plays in philosophical methodology. -- Mark Roberts, Franciscan University of Steubenville



augustus 2016
23,5 x 15,9 x 1,9 cm
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194 pagina's


Nicholas Rescher
Lexington Books



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