Knowledge and Civilization

Knowledge and Civilization

By: Barry Allen (author)Paperback

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Knowledge and Civilization advances detailed criticism of philosophy's usual approach to knowledge and describes a redirection, away from textbook problems of epistemology, toward an ecological philosophy of technology and civilization. Rejecting theories that confine knowledge to language or discourse, Allen situates knowledge in the greater field of artifacts, technical performance, and human evolution. His wide ranging considerations draw on ideas from evolutionary biology, archaeology, anthropology, and the history of cities, art, and technology.

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Barry Allen received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton University in 1986. He has taught at the University of Chicago and Hebrew University, and is currently Professor of Philosophy at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He is the author of Truth in Philosophy and is an associate editor at the interdisciplinary journal Common Knowledge .


Foreword by Richard Rorty Introduction Part One: Knowledge * Chapter 1: What Was Epistemology? * Chapter 2: The Art of Knowledge Part Two: Some Philosophers * Chapter 3: Dionysian Epistemology: Nietzsche's Idea of Knowledge * Chapter 4: Stuck in the Order of Discourse: Foucault's Idea of Knowledge * Chapter 5: Turning Back the Linguistic Turn: Rorty's Idea of Knowledge Part Three: Civilization * Chapter 6: Evolving Knowledge * Chapter 7: Civilizing Knowledge * Chapter 8: The Ultimate Context Acknowledgements

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/08/2003
  • ISBN13: 9780813341354
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 352
  • ID: 9780813341354
  • weight: 459
  • ISBN10: 0813341353

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