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  • ISBN: 9780271020655
  • ISBN10: 0271020652

The Quarrel Between Invariance and Flux A Guide for Philosphers and Other Players

by Joseph Margolis

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 03/01/2001
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Rather than just offer background readings or a survey of views on a subject, as traditional anthologies do, this volume tries to engage the reader's active participation in understanding how philosophy came to be split between analytic and continental approaches and in finding ways to reconcile the two. It does so by tracing the history of philosophy as a perennial contest between two opposing worldviews: one that relates change to an underlying structure of invariance, and another that sees change itself ("flux") as the basic condition of existence.

The seven chapters cover the full range of major topics of philosophy, from metaphysics to epistemology to ethics, and present carefully selected readings from key thinkers -- Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Hegel, and Peirce up to Heidegger, Husserl, Kuhn, Kripke, and Putnam, among others -- juxtaposed and introduced by the editors so as to stimulate active thinking about how the debate between these competing visions plays out in each arena. A bibliography of additional sources ends each chapter.

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