Beyond the Limits of Thought: New edition

Paperback | November 1, 2002

byGraham Priest

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Graham Priest presents a new, expanded edition of his highly original exploration of the nature and limits of thought. Drawing on recent developments in the field of logic, Priest shows that the description of such limits leads to contradiction, and argues that these contradictions are in facttrue. Beginning with an analysis of the way in which these limits arise in pre-Kantian philosophy, Priest goes on to illustrate how the nature of these limits was theorized by Kant and Hegel. He offers new interpretations of Berkeley's master argument for idealism and Kant on the antinomies. Heexplores the paradoxes of self-reference, and provides a unified account of the structure of such paradoxes. The book goes on to trace the theme of the limits of thought in modern philosophy of language, including discussions of the ideas of Wittgenstein and Derrida.The second edition includes new chapters on Heidegger and Nagarjuna, as well as reflections on reactions to the first edition. This clear, provocative, and systematic work offers a radically different approach to philosophy and logic.

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Graham Priest presents a new, expanded edition of his highly original exploration of the nature and limits of thought. Drawing on recent developments in the field of logic, Priest shows that the description of such limits leads to contradiction, and argues that these contradictions are in facttrue. Beginning with an analysis of the way...

Graham Priest is Boyce Gibson Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, and also Arche Professorial Fellow at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of In Contradiction (1987), Introduction to Non-Classical Logic (2001), and the editor of several collections on logic and related subjects. He is also the author of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:November 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionThe limits of thought in pre-Kantian philosophy1. The limits of expression2. The limits of iteration3. The limits of cognition4. The limits of conceptionThe limits of thought in Kant and Hegel5. Noumena and the categories6. Kant's antinomies7. Hegel's infinitiesLimits and the paradoxes of self-reference8. Absolute infinity9. Vicious circles10. Parameterization11. Sets and classesLanguage and its limits12. The unity of thought13. Translation, reference, and truth14. Consciousness, rules, and differancePost terminum15. Heidegger and the grammar of being16. Nagarjuna and the limits of thought17. Further reflectionsBibliography; Index

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`Graham Priest combines a deep philosophical appreciation of fundamental logical issues with a marvelously informed reading of both the history of philosophy and contemporary texts. His work is ambitious and insightful... The book is an ambitious attempt to do important philosophical workacross major borders - borders of the formal and philosophical, the historical and the contemporary, the Analytical and the Continental traditions. In [this] regard it is a resounding success.'Patrick Grim, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research