The Routledge Handbook of Virtue Epistemology
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The Routledge Handbook of Virtue Epistemology

"By philosophy’s standards, virtue epistemology is young. It is also highly promising, both as a way of thinking about traditional epistemological challenges and as a way to lead epistemologists along new pathways. So this fine book is timely, an excellent resource for understanding a potentially significant element within future epistemological research. The chapters on the wider world of the intellect and socially engaged action, a...

Reason, causation and compatibility with the phenomena (Series in Philosophy)
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Reason, causation and compatibility with the phenomena

'Reason, Causation and Compatibility with the Phenomena' strives to give answers to the philosophical problem of the interplay between realism, explanation and experience. This book is a compilation of essays that recollect significant conceptions of rival terms such as determinism and freedom, reason and appearance, power and knowledge. This title discusses the progress made in epistemology and natural philosophy, especially the ste...

The Economic Philosophy of the Internet of Things
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The Economic Philosophy of the Internet of Things

To properly understand the nature of the digital economy we need to investigate the phenomenon of a "ubiquitous computing system" (UCS). As defined by Robin Milner, this notion implies the following characteristics: (i) it will continually make decisions hitherto made by us; (ii) it will be vast, maybe 100 times today’s systems; (iii) it must continually adapt, on-line, to new requirements; and, (iv) individual UCSs will interact wit...

The Mathematical Imagination : On the Origins and Promise of Critical Theory
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The Mathematical Imagination

This book offers an archeology of the undeveloped potential of mathematics for critical theory. As Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno first conceived of the critical project in the 1930s, critical theory steadfastly opposed the mathematization of thought. Mathematics flattened thought into a dangerous positivism that led reason to the barbarism of World War II. The Mathematical Imagination challenges this narrative, showing how for...

From the Beginning to Plato: Routledge History of Philosophy Volume 1
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From the Beginning to Plato

Volume 1 of the Routledge History of Philosophy covers one of the most remarkable periods in human thought. In the space of two and a half centuries, philosophy developed from quasi-mythological speculation to a state in which many of the most fundamental questions about the universe, the mind and human conduct had been vigorously pursued, and some of the most enduring masterworks of Western thought had been written. The essays prese...

Naturalistic Realism and the Antirealist Challenge
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Naturalistic Realism and the Antirealist Challenge

" In this well-judged and sympathetic study, Khlentzos examines the antirealist arguments of Dummett and Putnam, and shows how difficult they make it to combine realism with naturalism and representationalism. As a realist who is not prepared to take his philosophy on faith, Khlentzos is the best kind of guide. His forceful and highly readable book is an excellent introduction to these difficult and crucial issues." --Huw Price, ARC ...

What Functions Explain: Functional Explanation and Self-Reproducing Systems
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What Functions Explain: Functional Explanation and Self-Reproducing Systems

This 2001 book offers an examination of functional explanation as it is used in biology and the social sciences, and focuses on the kinds of philosophical presuppositions that such explanations carry with them. It tackles such questions as: why are some things explained functionally while others are not? What do the functional explanations tell us about how these objects are conceptualized? What do we commit ourselves to when we give...

Stanislaw Lem: Philosopher of the Future
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Stanislaw Lem: Philosopher of the Future

Jaakko Hintikka: "The work of every philosopher and scientist is a journey into the future in which we know more than we did yesterday. What unites them is the belief in the power of imagination which allows us sometimes to penetrate some of the deep mysteries of the world. Whether the reader will classify Peter Swirski's book as literary or philosophical is less relevant than the possible futures, some genuinely unsettling, which, i...

Living Without Domination: The Possibility of an Anarchist Utopia
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Living Without Domination: The Possibility of an Anarchist Utopia

"Living Without Domination" defends the bold claim that humans can organise themselves to live peacefully and prosperously together in an anarchist utopia. Clark refutes errors about what anarchism is, about utopianism, and about human sociability and its history. He then develops an analysis of natural human social activity which places anarchy in the real landscape of sociability, along with more familiar possibilities including st...