Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, c2010.
Book — ix, 219 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
The task of philosophy
Knowledge and scepticism
Limits of science
Fallacies regarding free will
Mind and matter
Pragmatism and practical rationality
The demands of morality
By whose standards?
Pluralism and concretization quandaries
The power of ideals
Science and religion
On the improvability of the world
Nicholas Rescher offers his perspectives on many of the foundational concerns of philosophy. He sees the need to inquire as an evolutionary tool for adapting to a hostile environment and shows how philosophy has developed in an evolutionary fashion, building upon acquired knowledge and upon itself. In a historical thread that informs and enriches his overview, Rescher recalls Aristotle, Plato, Plotinus, Kant, Hegel, Leibniz, Laplace, Bertrand Russell, and others. Overall, he argues for philosophy as an unavoidable instrument for rational, cogent responses to large questions. (source: Nielsen Book Data)