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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 306 Seiten
  • Verlag: St Augustines Pr Inc (April 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1890318191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890318192
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,3 x 22,9 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.488.181 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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For almost the entire twentieth century, the discipline of philosophy has been in a quandary in attempting to identify and define its poroper role in the contemporary world. During the past twenty-five years, it has fallen on bad days in academe. often reduced to overly technical ramblings or postmodernist rants. Its demise has been predicted, if not reported, for years. Finally in this provocative and controversial book, Robert Greene does the dirty deed and puts philosophy out of its misery, issuing a 'coup de grace' to the current ill-conceived, skeptical discipline. But then he breathes life into the great interdisciplinary traditon of philosophers, freeing them from the straitjacket of the mind-body dualism and "the problem of knowledge." The Major seventeenth - and eighteenth-century writers from Descartes through Kant criticized Aristotle's ideas, but only replaced them with dualism and/or skepticism. Nevertheless, in light of their efforts, we can see his ability to solve the problems they raised. The heart of the book is a long chapter and appendix expounding the brilliance of Aristotle on language, the soul, and mind.

This updating of him, much broader than the conventional, stereotyped view, can be incorporated into modern science. 'The Death and Life of Philosophy' not only presents the great thinkers of the past in a new light, but also satirizes the philosophy professors today, putting their work and even their aims into perspective in a highly readable and engaging manner.

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Those of us who place a high value on philosophy but find the modern version often pointlessly swamped in microscopic analytical concerns should read this book by Robert Greene. He analyses why philosophy is dying and what may be done to revive it. Greene's wit and erudition are formidable, while his clear layman's language is refreshing. He diagnoses why modern philosophy is such a frustrating experience for the many who consider it vital to a meaningful life, but now find it dysfunctional by ingrown professional pedantry.
The author provisionally prescribes a radical restructuring of the discipline which among other remedies includes the spinning off of logic to mathematics, the history of philosophic ideas to the history department, and cognitive philosophy to the psychology department. Metaphysics, philosophy's core, remains. This cutting diagnosis and surgery comprise approximately the first third of the book. The next part presents a well reasoned remedy by revisiting Aristotle.
The middle portion, in one long chapter, reconnects philosophy with its past by reverting to Aristotle's ideas on the psyche (soul) and mind which include his solution to the mind body problem. The modern disconnect, he argues, has caused the severing of philosophy with its past history of profoundly timeless ideas. Greene shows both scientifically and philosophically why Aristotle's position on the substantial unity of the mind and the underlying unity of the soul are a reasonable alternative to the centuries old problems modern philosophy, which separates mind and body and destroys the concept of soul. Thus, he rescues philosophy from the dilemmas posed by the modern schools of epistemology and analytic philosophy.
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Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I have used Robert Greene's THE DEATH AND LIFE OF PHILOSOPHY to provide an overview of philosophy for students in an introductory philosophy course. Greene is a very skilled writer and knowledgeable scholar who explains the ideas of major philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, and Hume with insight and humor. While some students may find the text demanding, it should inspire them to delve more deeply into the subject matter than they would otherwise have been inclined.
Not all readers will accept Greene's call for a return to a more Aristotelian perspective, but his presentation of his case for Aristotle gives the book an elegant unity.
Several of my students have commented favorably on the book. One said that, once she started reading it, she could not put it down. Her comment is consistent with my own impression of the work.
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34 von 36 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
The Death and Life of Philosophy 31. Januar 2000
Von William E. Morfeld - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Those of us who place a high value on philosophy but find the modern version often pointlessly swamped in microscopic analytical concerns should read this book by Robert Greene. He analyses why philosophy is dying and what may be done to revive it. Greene's wit and erudition are formidable, while his clear layman's language is refreshing. He diagnoses why modern philosophy is such a frustrating experience for the many who consider it vital to a meaningful life, but now find it dysfunctional by ingrown professional pedantry.
The author provisionally prescribes a radical restructuring of the discipline which among other remedies includes the spinning off of logic to mathematics, the history of philosophic ideas to the history department, and cognitive philosophy to the psychology department. Metaphysics, philosophy's core, remains. This cutting diagnosis and surgery comprise approximately the first third of the book. The next part presents a well reasoned remedy by revisiting Aristotle.
The middle portion, in one long chapter, reconnects philosophy with its past by reverting to Aristotle's ideas on the psyche (soul) and mind which include his solution to the mind body problem. The modern disconnect, he argues, has caused the severing of philosophy with its past history of profoundly timeless ideas. Greene shows both scientifically and philosophically why Aristotle's position on the substantial unity of the mind and the underlying unity of the soul are a reasonable alternative to the centuries old problems modern philosophy, which separates mind and body and destroys the concept of soul. Thus, he rescues philosophy from the dilemmas posed by the modern schools of epistemology and analytic philosophy.
The final third of the book advances another reason for the death of philosophy: academic careerism has mutilated it. The need to publish, to appear original, to puff the present at the expense of the past, to acquire tenure at all costs are all part of the tiresome litany. Also it would seem that academic philosphers are hopelessly fixated on philosphy's problems, while unfortunately the rest of mankind desire her solutions. Thus, Greene calls for sweeping academic reform.
In the end, the author dissects the academy well, but the heart of the book is the middle section, and it is the best part. He instructs the plain truth as taught by Aristotle and which was illuminated through the centruies by his scientific and philosophic followers- and now very ably too by Robert Greene, his brilliant student.
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To redeem philosophy 11. März 2002
Von "jds1795" - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
To Redeem Philosophy
Robert Greene has written a highly unique and admirably readable book, which accomplishes three main tasks. These are to: 1. give a summary of western philosophy from Plato to the present, 2. describe the sorry state of modern philosophy, particularly in the academic arena, and 3. to show how this situation might be redeemed.
The book itself is divided into two parts. The first, called "The Death of Philosophy", consists of three chapters:
Attempts to Define the Discipline
A Brief History of Philosophy
The Breakup of Philosophy
which aptly describe their contents. This part of the book is very accessible and even entertaining as it contains some personal recollections of the author. The second part, consisting of seven chapters, is more challenging reading and has as its centerpiece the extended chapter, Putting Mind Back into Nature with the Aid of Aristotle. The ideas presented here are fundamental, and in no way utilitarian.
I am generally well educated, but not especially trained or widely read in philosophy; still I can recommend this book to others like myself, who may be curious about philosophy or wish to review what one has studied long ago. In fact, it is so approachable that even if you do not care about the state of philosophy in academia or even that much about Aristotle, it is well worth reading. Greene's summary of the history of ideas is so lucid that that the book succeeds on this alone. The personal anecdotes illustrate, but also serve to set this apart from encyclopedia articles on Western Civilization. The potential readership for this volume is wider than one might at first surmise.
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Classroom use of THE DEATH AND LIFE OF PHILOSOPHY 9. März 2000
Von Dean Geuras - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I have used Robert Greene's THE DEATH AND LIFE OF PHILOSOPHY to provide an overview of philosophy for students in an introductory philosophy course. Greene is a very skilled writer and knowledgeable scholar who explains the ideas of major philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, and Hume with insight and humor. While some students may find the text demanding, it should inspire them to delve more deeply into the subject matter than they would otherwise have been inclined.
Not all readers will accept Greene's call for a return to a more Aristotelian perspective, but his presentation of his case for Aristotle gives the book an elegant unity.
Several of my students have commented favorably on the book. One said that, once she started reading it, she could not put it down. Her comment is consistent with my own impression of the work.
15 von 21 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Thought Provoking Even for Non-academians 19. April 2002
Von G. P. MCGUIRE - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Just the title of Robert Greene's book, "The Death and Life of Philosophy" caught my interest! As a business student in college in the late 1960's I was exposed to only two basic philosophy courses. Although they interested me greatly, I have had little contact with anything related to the field since then.
Now with the demands of career and family waning I find more time to read. I am thrilled that I found Mr Greene's book at this time in my life. I found "The Death and Life of Philosophy" to be both fascinating and thought provoking. It has rekindled my earlier interest in the subject and has led me to search out other related books to enjoy.
Clearly written and easy to understand, I would highly recommend Mr. Greene's book to any non-academians who, like myself, have an interest in expanding their intellectual life.
6 von 10 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
To Redeem Philosophy 9. März 2002
Von "jds1795" - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
To Redeem Philosophy
Robert Greene has written a highly unique and admirably readable book, which accomplishes three main tasks. These are to: 1. give a summary of western philosophy from Plato to the present, 2. describe the sorry state of modern philosophy, particularly in the academic arena, and 3. to show how this situation might be redeemed.
The book itself is divided into two parts. The first, called "The Death of Philosophy", consists of three chapters:
Attempts to Define the Discipline
A Brief History of Philosophy
The Breakup of Philosophy
which aptly describe their contents. This part of the book is very accessible and even entertaining as it contains some personal recollections of the author. The second part, consisting of seven chapters, is more challenging reading and has as its centerpiece the extended chapter, Putting Mind Back into Nature with the Aid of Aristotle. The ideas presented here are fundamental, and in no way merely utilitarian.
I am generally well educated, but not especially trained or widely read in philosophy; still I can recommend this book to others like myself, who may be curious about philosophy or wish to review what one has studied long ago. In fact, it is so approachable that even if you do not care about the state of philosophy in academia or even that much about Aristotle, it is well worth reading. Greene's summary of the history of ideas is so lucid that that the book succeeds on this alone. The personal anecdotes illustrate, but also serve to set this apart from encyclopedia articles on Western Civilization. The potential readership for this volume is wider than one might at first surmise.
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