The Rediscovery of Common Sense Philosophy

Hardcover | August 15, 2007

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This book is a defence of the philosophy of common sense broadly in the spirit of Thomas Reid and G.E. Moore. It breaks new ground by drawing on the work of Aristotle, contemporary evolutionary biology and psychology, and historical studies on the origins of early modern philosophy. Part One offers new answers to the questions: What counts as a common sense belief? Why should common sense beliefs be considered default positions?, and Why is it that philosophers so frequently end up denying what we all know to be true? Part Two defends common sense beliefs from specific challenges from prominent philosophers on topics from metaphysics to ethics.

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This book is a defence of the philosophy of common sense broadly in the spirit of Thomas Reid and G.E. Moore. It breaks new ground by drawing on the work of Aristotle, contemporary evolutionary biology and psychology, and historical studies on the origins of early modern philosophy. Part One offers new answers to the questions: What co...

STEPHEN BOULTER is Senior Lecturer and Field Chair of Philosophy and Ethics within the Division of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Oxford Brookes.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.84 × 5.57 × 0.91 inPublished:August 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230002463

ISBN - 13:9780230002463

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Table of Contents

PART I * The Meta-Philosophy of Common Sense * Evolutionary Theory and the Defence of Common Sense * Explanations of "The Amazing and Most Interesting Fact" * Our Forgotten Past * PART II * McDowell and Neo-Kantian Theories of Perception * Dummett and the Challenge of Semantic Anti-Realism * Eliminating Eliminative Materialism * Answering the Threat of Determinism * Defending Moral Realism * Conclusion