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Connections to the World: The Basic Concepts of Philosophy

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Arthur C. Danto's lucid introduction to the central topics of Western philosophical thought remains an unparalleled guide to problems in metaphysics and epistemology that have engaged philosophers for several millennia. Examining the work of Plato, Berkeley, Descartes, Hume, and Wittgenstein, Danto explores debates about empiricism, the mind/body problem, the nature of mat ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published March 31st 1997 by University of California Press (first published March 1st 1989)
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In Chapter 3 Danto states that philosophy has “arisen only twice in the history of civilization,” in Greece and India, because both made a distinction “between appearance and reality.” These philosophic traditions see the “commonplace” as illusory and Reality as “logically changeless.” They have set the agenda of “what it meant for something to be real” and if subsequent philosophy departs from this central quest “it is hard to see how it can be philosophy.”

Plato, in Danto’s view, does philosop
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Aug 06, 2008 rated it liked it
clear and stylish outline of the main positions in orthodox analytic philosophy. I'm considering using it for intro, as foil for what I take to be stronger arguments/perspectives
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This would make a very good *second* book on analytic philosophy. (For an introduction, I'd go with Simon Blackburn's Think.)
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Arthur C. Danto was Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University and art critic for The Nation. He was the author of numerous books, including Unnatural Wonders: Essays from the Gap Between Art and Life, After the End of Art, and Beyond the Brillo Box: The Visual Arts in Post-Historical Perspective.

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