Extreme Philosophy

Bold Ideas and a Spirit of Progress
 
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ISBN13:9781032317380
ISBN10:1032317388
Binding:Paperback
No. of pages:320 pages
Size:229x152 mm
Weight:590 g
Language:English
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Short description:

Philosophy?s value and power are greatly diminished when it operates within a too closely confined professional space. Extreme Philosophy serves as an antidote to the increasing narrowness of the field. It offers readers twenty internationally acclaimed philosophers who highlight and defend odd, extreme, or ?mad? ideas.

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Philosophy?s value and power are greatly diminished when it operates within a too closely confined professional space. Extreme Philosophy: Bold Ideas and a Spirit of Progress serves as an antidote to the increasing narrowness of the field. It offers readers?including students and general readers?twenty internationally acclaimed philosophers who highlight and defend odd, extreme, or ?mad? ideas. The resulting conjectures are often provocative and bold, but always clear and accessible.


Ideas discussed in the book, include:



  • propaganda need not be irrational

  • science need not be rational

  • extremism need not be bad

  • tax evasion need not be immoral

  • anarchy need not be uninviting

  • democracy need not remain as it generally is

  • humans might have immaterial souls

  • human minds might have all-but-unlimited powers

  • knowing might be nothing beyond being correct

  • space and time might not be ?out there? in reality

  • value might be the foundational part of reality

  • value might differ in an infinitely repeating reality

  • reality is One

  • reality is vague

In brief, the volume pursues adventures in philosophy. This spirit of philosophical risk-taking and openness to new, ?large? ideas were vital to philosophy?s ancient origins, and they may also be fertile ground today for philosophical progress.

Table of Contents:

1. Extreme Philosophy: Some Exploratory Words


Stephen Hetherington


2. Monism and the Ontology of Logic


Samuel Z. Elgin


3. From Plotinus to Rorty: A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps


Shamik Dasgupta


4. Spatiotemporal Projectivism


Kristie Miller


5. Nonsense + Unintelligibility = How to Understand Vagueness


Nicholas J.J. Smith


6. Science Is Irrational ? and a Good Thing, Too


Michael Strevens


7. Knowing as Merely Being Correct


Stephen Hetherington


8. Is Philosophy Possible?


Neil Levy


9. Mind Unlimited?


Andy Clark


10. Disembodied Souls Are People, Too


Michael Huemer


11. Repetition and Value in an Infinite Universe


Eric Schwitzgebel


12. The Fatalist Is the Most Extreme Extremist


Roy A. Sorensen


13. A Defence of Extremism


David Coady


14. The (Ir)Rationality of Propaganda


Catarina Dutilh Novaes


15. Is Inclusion Good?


Holly Lawford-Smith


16. Corruption Empowers: Political Leadership and Moral Degeneracy


Crispin Sartwell


17. Power Inversion Democracy


Alexander Guerrero


18. Evading and Aiding: The Moral Case Against Paying Taxes


Jason Brennan, Jessica Flanigan, and Christopher Freiman


19. Suicide, Organ Donation, and Meaning in Life: Some Disturbing Reflections


Saul Smilansky