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The Pursuit of Philosophy: Some Cambridge Perspectives

ISBN: 978-1-118-29523-6
184 pages
July 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Eleven Cambridge academics approach philosophy from various fields, to broaden its practical and theoretical applications.
  • Guides a tour through various academic departments—including history, political science, classics, law, and English—to ferret out the philosophy in their syllabi, and to show philosophy’s symbiotic relationship with other fields
  • Provides a map of what philosophy is considered to be at Cambridge in the early twenty-first century, about a hundred years after the “founding fathers” of analytic philosophy reigned at Cambridge
  • Offers useful new directions for the study and application of philosophy, and how other fields can influence them

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Notes on Contributors vii

Introduction: Philosophy, Its Pitfalls, Some Rescue Plans, and Their Complications
ALEXIS PAPAZOGLOU 1

1 Philosophy, Logic, Science, History
TIM CRANE 19

2 Philosophy and Its Pitfalls
JANE HEAL 37

3 A Surfeit of Naturalism
TIM LEWENS 45

4 What Is Realistic Political Philosophy?
DAVID RUNCIMAN 57

5 Bedlam or Parnassus: The Verse Idea
SIMON JARVIS 69

6 Philosophy, Early Modern Intellectual History, and the History of Philosophy
MICHAEL EDWARDS 81

7 Goals, Origins, Disciplines
RAYMOND GEUSS 95

8 Falling In and Out of Love with Philosophy
JOHN FORRESTER 111

9 Forms of Reflection, Imagination, and the Love of Wisdom
DOUGLAS HEDLEY 127

10 What Is Legal Philosophy?
MATTHEW H. KRAMER 139

11 The Cambridge Revolt Against Idealism: Was There Ever an Eden?
FRASER MACBRIDE 149

Index 161

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Alexis Papazoglou studied physics at Imperial College London and philosophy at the University of Cambridge and University College London. He is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at the University of Cambridge and has been a visiting graduate student in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. His doctoral thesis explores the relationship between reason and nature in Hegel’s philosophy, against the background of John McDowell’s Mind and World and naturalism.
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