Academic philosophy has become so technical and inbred that it often fails to connect with the questions and concerns of educated nonspecialists. Martin Benjamin aims to bridge this gap. Presupposing little or no formal background,Philosophy & This Actual World addresses general questions of knowledge, reality, mind, will, and ethics, as well as more specific questions about moral pluralism, assisted suicide, the nature of death, and life's meaning. At the same time, it incorporates the advances of academic philosophers like Wittgenstein, Rorty, Putnam, and Rawls, making it equally as valuable to the scholar as to the philosophically uninitiated.
Martin Benjamin is professor of philosophy at Michigan State University. Philosophy and This Actual World is his fourth book.
Chapter 1 Agent and Spectator Chapter 2 Language, Meaning, and Truth Chapter 3 Knowledge and Reality Chapter 4 Mind and Will Chapter 5 Ethics Chapter 6 Democratic Pluralism Chapter 7 Determining Death Chapter 8 Meaningful Lives Chapter 9 Bibliographical Essay