Philosophy in Crisis: The Need for Reconstruction (Prometheus Lecture Series)

Philosophy in Crisis: The Need for Reconstruction (Prometheus Lecture Series) Is Philosophy Dead Some Philosophers Have Declared It To Be So, And Judging By Some Of The Mental Acrobatics Now Fashionable In Postmodernist Circles A Reasonable Person Might Have To Agree Though Recognizing The Moribund State Of Current Academic Philosophy, Mario Bunge Feels That This Is A Crisis From Which The Discipline Can And Will Recover To Overcome The Impasse Bunge Argues That It Is Necessary To Reconstruct Philosophy By Building A Philosophical System That Addresses Real World Problems Of Everyday People In A Clear, Comprehensible Fashion The New System Must Be Exact And Compatible With Contemporary Science And Technology Above All, It Should Shun Purely Academic ProblemsThis Book Offers Glimpses Of Such A System While Avoiding Technical Jargon Unfamiliar To The Lay Reader It Is Thus Accessible To The Average Educated Reader Interested In Such Perennial Philosophical Concerns As What Is Matter , What Is Mind , What Is The Nature Of Society , Are There Limits To Our Knowledge , What Are The Criteria For Distinguishing Genuine Science From Pseudoscience , And How Should Human Rights Be Balanced With Moral Obligations These Questions Will Always Be Of Interest To Thinking Human Beings, Says Bunge, And Philosophy, Rather Than Becoming A Fruitless, Self Referential Academic Game, Should Be The Main Intellectual Tool For Exploring And Clarifying Such All Important Issues 2 1 2 stars It pains me to give this such a low rating, mostly because I largely agree with the outlook and style of philosophy it presents I also or less agree with the scientific materialism and cosmology of systemism it describes developed in the first few chapters Moreover, it attacks the fashionable and postmodern philosophies, which is always welcome However, the title of the book is very misleading Only the last chapter actually deals with suggestions for reconstructing philosophy All the rest just appears to be a general overview of Bunge s philosophy.The biggest criticism I have is that, since it s pretty much a general overview of a philosophy, every chapter is necessarily shallow to some degree some so than others The chapter on ethics and values, for instance, is not only shallow, but misinformed, misleading, and uninformative Ditto for the chapter on skepticism The book as a whole is oddly short, too, for a work that attempts to tackle such a wide array of subjects Also, anytime Bunge talks about psychology or cognitive science he makes some blunder or other and or misrepresents something There are also certain stray assertions that are very causally made that seem almost laughable coming from someone who calls themselves a philosopher pg 109 E very sale of a rock music record contributes to the degradation of culture Um, seriously.All in all, I would not recommend this book I m definitely going to check out some of Bunge s other works, because there is some illuminating thought here, but the book as a whole was a total letdown. No leo muchos libros de filosof a Es un campo del que no s mucho y me asomo con respeto y cierto temor o reverencia No s si en rigor este libro es de filosof a o sobre filosof a Pero da lo mismo Es un libro que busca analizar cr ticamente el estado actual de la filosof a y hacernos ver la importancia del pensamiento filos fico Es un libro que valora el conocimiento, el aporte de las ciencias y el buen uso de la raz n Mario Bunge expone con claridad y precisi n Es una especie de hombre universal contempor neo Demuestra en sus reflexiones un gran rigor intelectual, af n did ctico, esp ritu cr tico y pasi n por el conocimiento y el progreso de la humanidad Este tipo de libro me gusta leerlo con calma, con paciencia, subrayando y meditando sus diversos planteamientos y apreciaciones Seguramente, le seguir dando vueltas a muchas de las ideas, cr ticas y reflexiones que Mario Bunge desarrolla con tanta maestr a y convicci n en este notable libro que nos recuerda la importancia de la antigua reina de todos los saberes.

Mario Augusto Bunge es un f sico, fil sofo, epistem logo y humanista argentino Bunge por encima de todo es un fil sofo materialista, defensor del realismo cient fico y de la filosof a exacta Es conocido por expresar p blicamente su postura contraria a las pseudociencias, entre las que incluye al psicoan lisis, la praxeolog a, la homeopat a, la microeconom a neocl sica u ortodoxa entre otras, a

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  • Hardcover
  • 245 pages
  • Philosophy in Crisis: The Need for Reconstruction (Prometheus Lecture Series)
  • Mario Bunge
  • English
  • 04 November 2018
  • 9781573928434

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