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Books about the future of Philosophy

. Books about the future of Philosophy

Thinking at Crossroads: In Search of New Languages (The Philosopher's Library)
With contributions by R. Argullol, J. Baudrillard, R. Cardoso de Oliveira, E. Carneiro Leao, B. Freitag, Z. Laïdi, C. Lévi-Strauss, R. Lima Lins, E. Lourenço, M. Maffesoli, E. Prado Coelho, M. Sodré, G. Vattimo

Can contemporary thought make its way into the Third Millennium? The philosophers who have contributed to this work have attempted to expose, each one of them using different approches, the ruses by which metaphysics conceals violence, Western reason considers itself the sole holder of truth, and thought casts its shadows on an otherwise unthinkable world.

Each author has strived to reconsider the different nuances of reason, history and tradition, which have been nourished by the achievements and failures arising from encounters with the 'Other'. There is no turning away from what is strange or baffling - the fissures, intervals, lapses and impurities. For everything seems to indicate that the pathways of thought are still to be discovered, remade, and invented.

Philosophers in Conversation: Interviews from the Harvard Review of Philosophy

by Thomas Scanlon, Phineas S. Upham

This volume brings together for the first time thirteen recent interviews with the brightest names in contemporary philosophy, including W.V.O. Quine, Richard Rorty, Stanley Cavell, Hilary Putnam, as well as the only known interview with John Rawls. The pieces are culled from the Harvard Review of Philosophy, which has operated at the core of Harvard's Philosophy Department since 1991. Covering wide range of topics from the philosophy of law to logic to metaphysics to literature, the interviews provide a fascinating introduction to some of the most influential thinkers of the day. The book also includes an introduction by Thomas Scanlon. Interviews with Henry Alison, Stanley Cavell, Alan Dershowitz, Cora Diamond, Umberto Eco, Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr., Alexander Nehemas, Hilary Putnam, W.V. Quine, John Rawls, Richard Rorty, Michael Sandel, Cornel West

Keys to the 21st Century

Edited by Jérôme Bindé Preface by Koichiro Matsuura - With contributions by: A. Appadurai, J. Attali, J. Baudrillard, B. Boutros-Ghali, M. Castells, S. J. Gould, L. Montagnier, E. Morin, V. Muntarbhorn, N. Ndiaye, E. Portella, I. Prigogine, M. Robinson, A. Toumani Touré, A. Touraine, G. Vattimo, Th. Zeldin et al

Are we prepared for the 21st century? there is room for doubt. The future seems increasingly uncertain, hard to decipher, ambiguous in its very indeterminism, sometimes frankly illegible.

To respond in a timely manner to the challenges of the 21st century, one must start by posing the right questions so as to identify possible solutions, if any, before it is too late. This is exactly the role of future oriented studies and forward thinking as represented in this volume.

Originating as it does in a UNESCO series of encounters and exchanges between scientists, intellectuals, artists, decision makers, and leading personalities from public life, it offers a forum for an open debate, in the spirit of a new ethic of discussion, on a wide range of problems, challenges and solutions from a variety of perspectives. In short, what this volumes strives to achieve is to contribute to an ethics of the future.

The Philosopher's Toolkit
by Julian Baggini, Peter S. Fosl

The Philosopher's Toolkit provides all the intellectual equipment necessary to engage with and participate in philosophical argument, reading and reflection. Each of its 87 entries explains how to use an important concept or argumentative technique accurately and effectively. Beginning with the basics of argumentation, the book moves on to deal with tools for assessment and criticism, as well as the limits of argumentation and some of the radical critiques of standard philosophical methodology. Written in an engaging style, the entries are brought to life with vivid and colourful examples and are accompanied by suggestions for further reading. This ingenious compendium of the methods and techniques of philosophy can be used in a variety of ways; as an introduction to the essentials of philosophical reflection, as a comprehensive course on philosophical method, or as a reference book to which readers can turn to find quick and clear accounts of key concepts and methods. The Philosopher's Toolkit is essential reading for anyone who wants to philosophise well.

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