Minding Matter presents a group of philosophical essays thematically divided. The first chapters deal with issues of philosophizing and metaphilosophy. The remainder of the book covers issues of values and human affairs. The studies collected within are united by a common methodology of probative investigation and their common purpose to provide instructive insight into a varied spectrum of important philosophical issues. Each essay is connected to the next by representing common modus operandi, deploying the classificatory techniques that characterize the analytical mode of philosophizing in an endeavor to elucidate some larger-scale issues of traditional concerns in philosophy.
Nicholas Rescher is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. A former president of the American Philosophical Association, he is an honorary member of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He has held visiting lectureship at Oxford, Constance, Salamanca, Munich, and Marburg. As the author of more than eighty works ranging over many areas of philosophy, he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Prize for Scholarship in 1984.
Part 1 Introduction Part 2 On Philosophizing and Metaphilosophy Chapter 3 The Rise and Fall of Analytic Philosophy Chapter 4 End-of-the-Century Philosophizing: A Return to Systems? Chapter 5 Who Has Won the Big Battles of Twentieth-Century Philosophy? Chapter 6 Perspectives on Nature in American Thought Part 7 On Values and Human Affairs Chapter 8 Nomic Hierarchies and Problems of Relativism Chapter 9 Is Reasoning about Values Viciously Circular? Chapter 10 Homo Optans: On the Human Condition and the Burden of Choice Chapter 11 Risking Democracy: Some Reflections on Contemporary Problems of Political Decision Part 12 Bibliography Part 13 Index