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Cognitive Idealization

On the Nature and Utility of Cognitive Ideals

Author(s): Nicholas Rescher

Book Description

Ethical idealization pivots on idealities in the sphere of human action. Cognitive idealization, by contrast, pivots on idealization in the sphere of our knowledge. Accordingly, the task of the present book is to consider the role of idealization in cognitive matters and to establish its utility in this realm. For the somewhat ironic fact of the matter is that our recourse to unrealizable idealities finds its explanation and justification in the substantial benefits that flow from such a proceeding. It is, ironically, in its utility that the rationale of ideality is to be sought.

The book brings together lines of thought about the kinship between idealism and pragmatism that have occupied the author’s work for many years.


ISBN-13: 978-1-9043-0324-4
ISBN-10: 1-904303-24-2
Date of Publication: 01/01/2003
Pages / Size: 135 / A5
Price: £9.99


Nicholas Rescher is university professor of philosophy at the university of Pittsburgh and the author of some of the most influential works both in the philosophy of mind and more broadly. He has also had a number of key works by leading scholars based on his work and contribution to philosophy.