Philosophical Papers: Volume One

Hardcover | March 15, 2006

byPeter Unger

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While well-known for his book-length work, philosopher Peter Unger's articles have been less widely accessible. These two volumes of Unger's Philosophical Papers include articles spanning more than 35 years of Unger's long and fruitful career. Dividing the articles thematically, this firstvolume collects work in epistemology and ethics, among other topics, while the second volume focuses on metaphysics. Unger's work has advanced the full spectrum of topics at the heart of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind, and ethics. Unger advances radical positions, going against the so-called "commonsense philosophy" that has dominated the analytictradition since its beginnings early in the twentieth century. In epistemology, his articles advance the view that nobody ever knows anything and, beyond that, argue that nobody has any reason to believe anything--and even beyond that, they argue that nobody has any reason to do anything, or evenwant anything. In metaphysics, his work argues that people do not really exist--and neither do puddles, plants, poodles, and planets. But, as Unger has often changed his favored positions, from one decade to the next, his work also advances the opposite, "commonsense" positions: that there are infact plenty of people, puddles, plants and planets and, quite beyond that, we know it all to be true. On most major philosophical questions, both of these sides of Unger's significant work are well represented in this major two volume collection. Unger's vivid writing style, intellectual vitality, and fearlessness in the face of our largest philosophical questions, make these volumes of great interest not only to the philosophical community but to others who might otherwise find contemporary philosophy dry and technical.

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While well-known for his book-length work, philosopher Peter Unger's articles have been less widely accessible. These two volumes of Unger's Philosophical Papers include articles spanning more than 35 years of Unger's long and fruitful career. Dividing the articles thematically, this firstvolume collects work in epistemology and ethic...

One of the world's most original and unorthodox philosophers, Peter Unger has been a major contributor to metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of mind. A native New Yorker, for the past thirty years he has been a Professor of Philosophy at New York University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 6.1 × 9.41 × 1.1 inPublished:March 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Unger has always been a very original and independent philosopher,.... Unger's earlier papers are classics partly because of their originality, and partly because they give concise expression to deep and difficult philosophical problems.... in an appealing style. Fortunately, OxfordUniversity Press has recently reprinted Unger's papers in two useful volumes." --Tim Crane, Times Literary Supplement