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The Relevance of Philosophy

Author(s): Edward MacKinnon

Book Description

As the culmination of a long career in philosophy plus long excursions in physics, history, and theology, the author reflects on what must be done to make philosophy relevant to non-philosophers. Philosophers, the author argues, should go beyond specialized philosophical studies, acquire a knowledge of other disciplines, and then try to clarify the way things hang together on a deep conceptual level. A novel feature of this book is that it emphasis on public morality, understanding it in an evolutionary perspective, and guides efforts to raise accepted moral standards.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-1656-4
ISBN-10: 1-5275-1656-3
Date of Publication: 01/12/2018
Pages / Size: 245 / A5
Price: £61.99


Edward MacKinnon received an MA in Philosophy from Boston College in 1954, an MA in Physics from Harvard University in 1956, a PhD in Physics from St. Louis University in 1960, and an S.T.L from Weston College, USA, in 1962. He spent two years as a Post Doc in the Philosophy department at Yale University. He taught at Boston College from 1965 to 1971 before moving to California State University, USA, where he taught from 1971 before retiring in 1997. From 1949 to 1971 he was a member of the Jesuit Order. He served on the governing board of the Philosophy of Science Association, on different committees of the Western Division of the American Philosophical Association, as an editor of The Philosophy forum, and as a reviewer for Philosophy of Science, Foundations of Physics, Foundations of Science, and Isis.