On Transforming Philosophy: A Metaphilosophical Inquiry
Westview Press (1995)
Since Rorty, the crisis of method and interests in philosophy has been at the forefront of metaphilosophy. In this book, Kai Nielsen, one of the most prominent critics of philosophy-as-usual, examines critically the most important claims made on behalf of philosophy. After rejecting as chimerical the ambitious claims of traditional, especially foundational, epistemology and metaphysics, he presents the case for a more modest view of what philosophy can accomplish.Nielsen insists that philosophy must be devoted to actual problems of real people in everyday life. Influenced substantively by Dewey and more methodologically by Rawls, he carves out a defensible terrain for philosophy to inhabit—a terrain cleared of the more extravagant but implausible claims made by traditional philosophy.Nielsen has been a major voice in debates about the scope of philosophy, and this latest work of his will be an important contribution to the “end of philosophy debate.”.
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An Un-Rortyan Defence of Rorty's Pragmatism.Kai Nielsen - 1996 - Inquiry : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 39 (1):71 – 95.
After Religion?: Reflections on Nielsen's Wittgenstein.Béla Szabados - 2004 - Dialogue 43 (4):747-770.
Remarks on Bela Szabados's “After Religion? Reflections on Nielsen's Wittgenstein”.Kai Nielsen - 2004 - Dialogue 43 (4):771-796.
John Dewey, Reconstruction in Philosophy (1920).Chandra Kumar - 2009 - Philosophical Papers 38 (1):111-128.
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