In this, his final book, noted philosopher Ilham Dilman offers sharp critiques of his major contemporaries. "Philosophy of Criticism" is both the final word from a celebrated philosopher on his distinguished career and an attempt, through critiques of his major contemporaries, to explore the future of philosophy. Born in Turkey, Ilham Dilman spent the majority of his working life teaching philosophy in the United States and Great Britain and published widely in moral philosophy and psychology, most notably on Wittgenstein and Freud. After an autobiographical introduction, in which Dilman reflects on how he came to become a philosopher, he moves, chapter by chapter, into an incisive critique of key contemporary thinkers and movements in philosophy. Dilman asks us to review afresh the contributions of Dennett, Searle, Foot, Davidson and Nozick to the modern debate. The result is a vital and urgent engagement with the core questions of philosophy and a re-instatement of the centrality of criticism in philosophy.
Brian Davies is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University, New York, USA. Dr. Mario von der Ruhr is Lecturer in Philosophy at Swansea University. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Philosophical Investigations, and co-editor (with D.Z. Phillips) of the series Claremont Studies in the Philosophy of Religion. Ilham Dilman (1930-2003) was Professor Emeritus and Honorary Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Wales Swansea. He was perhaps most well known for his contributions to moral philosophy and psychology, and in particular on the works of Wittgenstein and Freud.
Editorial Preface; Introduction; 1. Dennett's Explanation of Consciousness; 2. John Searle's Defence of Realism; 3. Philippa Foot on Natural Goodness; 4. Donald Davidson I: Human Agency, Action and Intention; 5. Donald Davidson II: A Philosophy of Psychology, The Mental and the Physical; 6. Robert Nozick's Philosophical Meditations; Closing Remarks; Bibliography.