Philosophical Finesse: Studies in the Art of Rational Persuasion

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byMartin Warner

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This book puts forward an interpretation of rationality which is much broader than the one underlying the current polarity between analytic and continental philosophy. It will help to reaffirm a range of ideas which have long been pushed to the sidelines by the dominance of the geometric modelof philosophical argument. Descartes's dream of attaining a `certitude equal to the demonstrations of Arithmetic and Geometry' reinforced the assumption that rationality must be assessed in terms of logical structure. Against this, Pascal invoked the notion of `finesse', and Warner extends Pascal's usage in this book tospecify a related set of informal but legitimate styles of argument.

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This book puts forward an interpretation of rationality which is much broader than the one underlying the current polarity between analytic and continental philosophy. It will help to reaffirm a range of ideas which have long been pushed to the sidelines by the dominance of the geometric modelof philosophical argument. Descartes's dre...

Martin Warner is at University of Warwick.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198244554

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'Philosophical Finesse has much to offer to many readers. It is informed and informative. It is argued tightly and lives up to the expectations it creates in the reader ... it is researched carefully and extensively.'John Poulakos, University of Pittsburgh, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Vol. 27, No. 1, 1994