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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Death and Life of Philosophy, 31. Januar 2000
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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.
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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Classroom use of THE DEATH AND LIFE OF PHILOSOPHY, 9. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Death and Life of Philosophy (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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