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As if : idealization and ideals

Author: Anthony Appiah
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017. ©20 ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Idealization is a central feature of human thought. We build ideal models in the sciences, our politics is guided by pictures of impossible utopias, and our thinking about the arts and moral life is guided by images of how things might have been. In all these cases we sometimes proceed with a representation of the world that we know is not true or aim at a world we accept we cannot realize. This is the world of the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Appiah
ISBN: 9780674975002 0674975006
OCLC Number: 976405977
Description: xvi, 218 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: Useful untruths: lessons from Hans Vaihinger --
A measure of belief: lessons from Frank Ramsey --
Political ideals: lessons from John Rawls.
Responsibility: Kwame Anthony Appiah.

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Idealization is a basic feature of human thought. We proceed as if our representations were true, while knowing they are not. Kwame Anthony Appiah defends the centrality of the imagination in  Read more...

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Following his practice of producing short, concise, well-written, thoughtful books of interest to a broad audience, Appiah again raises important questions.--J. Gough"Choice" (02/01/2018) Kwame Read more...

 
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