What Philosophy Can Do

What Philosophy Can Do

by Gary Gutting

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"A brilliant demonstration of what philosophy can do and how it is essential to human integrity and identity." —Simon Critchley, coeditor of The Stone Reader

In What Philosophy Can Do, Gary Gutting takes a philosopher’s scalpel to modern life’s biggest questions and the most powerful forces in our society—politics, science, religion, education, and capitalism. Along the way, he introduces readers to powerful philosophical tools, from inductive and deductive logic to the Principle of Charity, which they can use to make better sense of current debates. Interweaving his discussion of contemporary issues with philosophical concepts from Aristotle to Michel Foucault and John Rawls, Gutting shows how philosophy can enrich public discussions about our most urgent issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393242287
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/20/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 50,493
File size: 615 KB

About the Author

Gary Gutting (1942—2019) was the John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He edited Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, was a contributor to the New York Times’s philosophy blog, The Stone, and was the author of What Philosophy Can Do.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 How to Argue About Politics 1

2 Science: A Consumer's Guide 30

3 Philosophy and the Limits of Science 55

4 The New Atheists 89

5 Religious Agnosticism 118

6 Happiness, Work, and Capitalism 141

7 Education in a Capitalist Society 167

8 Thinking about Art 195

9 Can We Stop Fighting About Abortion? 222

10 What Philosophy Can Do 243

For Further Thought 269

Notes 277

Acknowledgments 287

Index 289

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