Ventures in Philosophical History

Ventures in Philosophical History

By Nicholas Rescher

The book provides a series of innovative studies of the treatment of major issues by philosophers ranging from classical antiquity to the present day.

EPUB, 168 Pages


October 2022

£25.00, $40.00

PDF, 168 Pages


October 2022

£25.00, $40.00

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About This Book

The best and most instructive way to learn about philosophy is by examining the history of the field. For it is here that we come to see how its particulars are identified and addressed by some of humankind’s sharpest intellects. Philosophy began hundreds of years BCE, and by now has grown to a scope and scale beyond acceptability by any single mind. But a sampling of episodes and issues can convey some idea of the nature of the field. And it is with this goal in view—clarifying the detail of some key philosophical issues—that these studies are being put into print. It is the aim of these forays into philosophical history to illustrate how contemporary perspectives, methods, and instruments of analysis can clarify some of the key philosophical teachings both by highlighting the difficulties they encounter and by providing instructive means for addressing them.


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Author Information

Nicholas Rescher is an extensively published philosopher. He has been awarded the Aquinas Medal of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Helmholtz Medal of the Berlin/Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Honorary degrees have been awarded to him by eight universities in three continents.


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Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Chapter 1: The Principles of Leibnizian Metaphysics; Chapter 2: Leibniz and “The Liar” Paradox; Chapter 3: Hume and Conceivability; Chapter 4: Hume and Rationality; Chapter 5: The Rationale of Kantian Ethics; Chapter 6: Kant on a Key Difference between Philosophy and Science; Chapter 7: Pragmatic Perspectives; Chapter 8: Wittgenstein’s Logocentrism; Chapter 9: Did Leibniz Anticipate Gödel?; Chapter 10: The Agenda of Philosophy; Index of Names


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