David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
University of Chicago Press (1994)
Well before the current age of discourse, deconstruction, and multiculturalism, Richard McKeon propounded a philosophy of pluralism showing how "facts" and "values" are dependent on diverse ways of reading texts. This book is a transcription of an entire course, including both lectures and student discussions, taught by McKeon. As such, it provides an exciting introduction to McKeon's conception of pluralism, a central aspect of neo-Pragmatism, while demonstrating how pluralism works in a classroom setting. In his lectures, McKeon outlines the entire history of Western thinking on the sciences. Treating the central concepts of motion, space, time, and cause, he traces modern intellectual debates back to the ancient Greeks, notably Plato, Aristotle, Democritus, and the Sophists. As he brings the story of Western science up to the twentieth century, he uses his fabled semantic schema (reproduced here for the first time) to uncover new ideas and observations about cosmology, mechanics, dynamics, and other aspects of physical science. Illustrating the broad historical sweep of the lectures are a series of discussions which give detail to the course's intellectual framework. These discussions of Plato, Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, and Maxwell are perhaps the first published rendition of a philosopher in literal dialogue with his students. Led by McKeon's pointed questioning, the discussions reveal the difficulties and possibilities of learning to engage in serious intellectual communication.
|Keywords||Science History Science History|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$85.30 used (19% off) $101.00 new (4% off) $105.00 direct from Amazon Amazon page|
|Call number||Q174.8.M38 1994|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Hermann von Helmholtz (1995). Science and Culture: Popular and Philosophical Essays. University of Chicago Press.
Heinrich Rickert (1986). The Limits of Concept Formation in Natural Science: A Logical Introduction to the Historical Sciences. Cambridge University Press.
Richard McKeon (1940). Plato and Aristotle as Historians: A Study of Method in the History of Ideas. Ethics 51 (1):66-101.
Erwin Schrödinger (1951/1996). Nature and the Greeks. Cambridge University Press.
Peter Dear (2006). The Intelligibility of Nature: How Science Makes Sense of the World. University of Chicago Press.
Richard Buchanan (1991). Book Review:Freedom and History and Other Essays: An Introduction to the Thought of Richard McKeon. Richard McKeon, Zahava K. McKeon. [REVIEW] Ethics 101 (2):420-.
Richard McKeon (1998). Selected Writings of Richard Mckeon. University of Chicago Press.
Eugene Garver & Richard Buchanan (eds.) (2000). Pluralism in Theory and Practice: Richard Mckeon and American Philosophy. Vanderbilt University Press.
Richard Peter McKeon (1990). Freedom and History and Other Essays: An Introduction to the Thought of Richard Mckeon. University of Chicago Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads8 ( #195,623 of 1,679,326 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #183,792 of 1,679,326 )
How can I increase my downloads?