The Path of Philosophy: Truth, Wonder, and Distress
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The Path of Philosophy introduces you to the study of philosophy through a compelling narrative in which the world's most important philosophers appear as characters. The text traces the history of western philosophy from its beginnings in ancient Greece to contemporary developments in the modern world. Threads running through the text demonstrate how philosophy is unique and distinct from religion and science, while at the same time showing how all three disciplines are interrelated.
Exceptionally well written, and unusual in its cohesiveness, the text leaves you with a vivid picture of philosophy as a unique and spiritually important field of study.
question the tools, methods, and paradigms that have been bequeathed to them by their tradition. WHAT IS © Juneko J. Robinson Copyright 2011 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved. May not be copied, scanned, or duplicated, in whole or in part. Due to electronic rights, some third party content may be suppressed from the eBook and/or eChapter(s). Editorial review has deemed that any suppressed content does not materially affect the overall learning experience. Cengage Learning reserves the right
order to refer to our own system of higher education, and as is the case with contemporary universities, Plato’s Academy drew students from great distances with its promise of insight and learning. This sort of arrangement, in fact, might give us an indication of another way that Platonism differs in spirit from the original philosophy of Socrates. The formality of Plato’s institution suggests a manner of teaching that was hierarchical and top-down. Students came to his school to learn from his
live our lives. According to Plato, the lives of most people are like those of prisoners in a cave. He asks us to imagine a bunch of people, strapped to posts in the depths of a “cave-like dwelling place.”13 They have been there all of their lives, staring at the walls, transfixed by shadows that flit and cavort over the surface of those walls. These shadows provide objects of entertainment and attention for the prisoners, and it would be no surprise if these individuals considered the shadows to
Reserved. May not be copied, scanned, or duplicated, in whole or in part. Due to electronic rights, some third party content may be suppressed from the eBook and/or eChapter(s). Editorial review has deemed that any suppressed content does not materially affect the overall learning experience. Cengage Learning reserves the right to remove additional content at any time if subsequent rights restrictions require it. xx INTRODUCTION T he study of philosophy is so varied and diverse in terms of
of Plato’s Academy, who came to emphasize those aspects of Platonism that teach us to distrust our senses and to be suspicious of the appearances of things in the world. Under this “New Academy” there was a drift toward the view that the best we can do in trying to understand reality is to calculate probabilities. The more consistently that we have experiences of a certain type, the more likely we are to accept those experiences as revealing some stable condition of the world. If I strike my hand