Philosophical Progress: In Defence of a Reasonable Optimism by Daniel StoljarPhilosophical Progress: In Defence of a Reasonable Optimism by Daniel Stoljar

Philosophical Progress: In Defence of a Reasonable Optimism

byDaniel Stoljar

Hardcover | October 28, 2017

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Many people believe that philosophy makes no progress. Members of the general public often find it amazing that philosophers exist in universities at all, at least in research positions. Academics who are not philosophers often think of philosophy either as a scholarly or interpretativeenterprise, or else as a sort of pre-scientific speculation. And - amazingly - many well-known philosophers argue that there is little genuine progress in philosophy.Daniel Stoljar argues that this is all a big mistake. When you think through exactly what philosophical problems are, and what it takes to solve them, the pattern of success and failure in philosophy is similar to that in other fields. In philosophy, as elsewhere, there is a series of overlappingtopics that determine what the subject is about. In philosophy, as elsewhere, different people in different historical epochs and different cultures ask different big questions about these topics. And in philosophy, as elsewhere, big questions asked in the past have often been solved: Stoljarprovides examples.Philosophical Progress presents a strikingly optimistic picture of philosophy - not a radical optimism that says that there is some key that unlocks all philosophical problems, and not the kind of pessimism that dominates both professional and non-professional thinking about philosophy, but areasonable optimism that views philosophy as akin to other fields.
Daniel Stoljar is Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University in Canberra, a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and the current President of the Australasian Association of Philosophy. He is the author of Ignorance and Imagination: The Epistemic Origin of the Problem of Consciousness (OUP 2006) and Ph...
Title:Philosophical Progress: In Defence of a Reasonable OptimismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.03 inPublished:October 28, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Matters Arising3. An Argument for Optimism4. The Argument Defended5. Extending the Argument6. The Extension Defended7. Two Arguments from Disagreement8. Six Further ArgumentsConclusion