Plato and his Predecessors: The Dramatisation of Reason W B by Mary Margaret McCabe

By Mary Margaret McCabe

Plato and his Predecessors considers how Plato represents his philosophical predecessors in a overdue quartet of dialogues: the Theaetetus, the Sophist, the Politicus and the Philebus. those predecessors seem in imaginary conversations; and they're refuted once they fail to safeguard their philosophical positions in debate. Professor McCabe argues that Plato's reflections on those conversations enable him to improve a brand new account of the rules of cause, and forge a clean view of the simplest life--the lifetime of the thinker.

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The fact that the religious adequacy of a certain philosophical position is frequently thought to be an argument in favor of that position stems, I argue, from a tendency on the part of many philosophers of religion to 67 Hick 1993: 7 METAPHYSICAL PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION 37 take a stance on the basic questions of religion. That metaphysical philosophy of religion is often taken for granted implies, among other things, that the difference between standpoints in religion and standpoints in the philosophy of religion is not always properly discussed.

In this chapter, I will give a brief account of some of Quine's most disputed ideas and I will examine the ways in which these ideas relate to Putnam's criticism. I will describe what, in Quine's view, constitutes the indeterminacy of meaning, the inscrutability of reference and ontological relativity. On the basis of Quine's reflections, I will reconstruct and develop Putnam's criticism of metaphysical realism. In so doing I will base my arguments on some of Putnam's most well-known examples as well as on his disputed justmore-theory objection.

Nor will I argue that philosophy of religion must necessarily be tied to some form of realism. I imagine that we can, within philosophy of religion as well as within other disciplines, make use of various philosophically tenable realist, anti-realist and non-realist positions to answer the questions we choose to examine. Different philosophically tenable positions can be useful in relation to different issues and problems. Alexander George highlights the need to investigate and develop a number of different positions on the issues discussed in the realism debates, and he draws his reader's attention to our capacity to switch from one perspective to another.

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