This book presents a general critical assessment of both the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophical practice. Although it offers a comprehensive account of the author’s philosophical position and of matters that would be of interest to professional philosophers, the book will appeal to any educated reader, rather than only philosophers. It is inspired by the attempt to explain certain philosophical issues to individuals outside academia, and it distils some complex philosophical arguments in a manner unencumbered by much of the typical academic paraphernalia.
John G. Gunnell is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Albany. He is the author of many books and numerous articles, as well as the subject of two books devoted to discussions of his work. He specializes in the philosophy of social science and the history of political philosophy, and he works on various aspects of philosophy and its relationship to other academic and social practices. He is well-known for his Political Philosophy and Time: Plato and the Origins of Political Vision (1968; 1987) and The Descent of Political Theory: The Genealogy of an American Vocation (1993). His most recent work includes Conventional Realism and Political Inquiry: Channeling Wittgenstein (2020) and Social Inquiry after Wittgenstein and Kuhn: Leaving Everything as It Is (2014).
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