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Martin Kusch, Psychologism (3)

Kusch, Martin. Psychologism: A Case Study in the Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge. London; New York: Routledge, 1995. See also the Four Appendices to Psychologism (1995). http://www.academia.edu/1078102/Four_Appendices_to_PSYCHOLOGISM_1995_ Finally we come to Kusch’s summary and conclusions. Kusch summarizes the book and his approach to Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge (SPK). Kusch adheres to Bloor’s strong programme in the […]

Martin Kusch, Psychologism (2)

Kusch, Martin. Psychologism: A Case Study in the Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge. London; New York: Routledge, 1995. See also the Four Appendices to Psychologism (1995). http://www.academia.edu/1078102/Four_Appendices_to_PSYCHOLOGISM_1995_ Husserl was preoccupied with psychology and himself was tarred with the label of psychologism. Descriptive phenomenology “serves to prepare the ground for psychology as an empirical science.” Husserl was […]

Martin Kusch, Psychologism (1)

Kusch, Martin. Psychologism: A Case Study in the Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge. London; New York: Routledge, 1995. See also the online appendices: Four Appendices to PSYCHOLOGISM (1995) http://www.academia.edu/1078102/Four_Appendices_to_PSYCHOLOGISM_1995_ This book is fascinating. Abstruse as it is, for me it’s like reading a detective novel. I put this among the top half dozen books illuminating aspects […]

Bruce Kuklick’s history of American philosophy (2)

Kuklick, Bruce. A History of Philosophy in America 1720-2000. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2001. 346 pp. $19.95 (pbk), ISBN 0199260168. Part II: The Age of Pragmatism, 1859-1934 6. The Shape of Revolution 7. The Consensus on Idealism, 1870-1900 8. Pragmatism in Cambridge 9. Pragmatism at Harvard 10. Instrumentalism in Chicago and New York Post-Civil-War era saw […]

Witold Gombrowicz: Philosophy in 6 1/4 hours (2)

Witold Gombrowicz, A Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen Minutes; translated by Benjamin Ivry. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004. 109, [1] pp. [8] Existentialism [Heidegger, Husserl, Sartre] (4 May 1969) [9] Existentialism [Kierkegaard, Descartes, Sartre] (5 May 1969) [10] Freedom in Sartre (6 May 1969) [11] The View of Others [Sartre] (7 […]

Bruce Kuklick’s history of American philosophy (1)

Kuklick, Bruce. A History of Philosophy in America 1720-2000. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2001. 346pp, $19.95 (pbk), ISBN 0199260168. Kuklick presents the history of American philosophy in terms of the social and institutional context in which leading figures and tendencies emerged. Not everyone and everything can be covered in such a survey, but naturally we are […]

Review: Brian O’Connor, Adorno’s Negative Dialectic (1)

Adorno’s Negative Dialectic: Philosophy and the Possibility of Critical Rationality Brian O’Connor Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2004. http://www.scribd.com/doc/87513357/Brian-O-Connor-Adorno-s-Negative-Dialectic-Philosophy-and-the-Possibility-of-Critical-Rationality-The-MIT-Press 1 I did a very quick read of this book, which is a preposterous thing to do considering the difficulty of the subject matter. Furthermore, it is not fully comprehensible without a thorough grounding in Kant, […]

Adorno on Teutonic “depth”

“The appearance of depth is frequently the product of a complicity with suffering. A monstrous German tradition associates profound thoughts with the theodicy of evil and death. A theological terminus ad quem is tacitly assumed, as if what determined the dignity of an idea were its result, the confirmation of transcendence, or its immersion in […]

Leibniz’ Spinoza anxiety revisited

I blogged on this subject before: Leibniz (entry in old blog) . . . in reference to this book written for a popular audience: Stewart, Matthew. The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World. New York: Norton, 2006. Stewart highlights Leibniz’ fascination with Spinoza and the decisive challenge […]

Philosophical languages, Romantic historicism, Hegel, Marx

Edited from original of 08 July 2006: Cook, Daniel J. “Marx’s Critique Of Philosophical Language,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 42 (June 1982): 530-554. ABSTRACT: Though Marx never systematically developed a theory of language, he often commented in his pre-1848 writings on the role of language in traditional philosophies and ideologies. In this paper, I examine […]