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Uncommon sense : the strangest ideas from the smartest philosophers

Author: Andrew Pessin
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Uncommon Sense, Andrew Pessin leads us on an entertaining tour of philosophy, explaining the pivotal moments when the greatest minds solved some of the knottiest conundrums--by asserting some very strange things. But the great philosophers don't merely make unusual claims, they offer powerful arguments for those claims that you can't easily dismiss. And these arguments suggest that the world is much stranger  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Pessin
ISBN: 9781442216082 1442216085 9781442216105 1442216107 9781442216099 1442216093
OCLC Number: 777327385
Awards: Winner of CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles 2013.
Description: ix, 223 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Plato : more than what meets the eye --
Aristotle : neither you will nor you won't --
Augustine : forced to be free --
Anselm : God is not just a good Idea --
Maimonides : keeps going, and going, and going ... or not? --
Thomas Aquinas : God has not been on vacation since the original creation --
René Descartes : "a monstrous thesis" --
John Locke : true colors --
Nicolas Malebranche : on honoring leeks and onions --
G.W. Leibniz : synchronicity --
George Berkeley : to be is to perceive, or be perceived --
David Hume : stercus accidit --
Friedrich Nietzsche : philosopher, psychologist--antichrist? --
John McTaggart : time does not fly even when you're having fun --
Ludwig Wittgenstein : the voice in my head is speaking nonsense --
Hilary Putnam : thinking outside the (cranial) box --
David Lewis : the incredulous stare --
Thomas Nagel, David Chalmers : mind and matter, together again at last (sort of)!
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