The Future of Philosophy: Towards the Twenty-First Century

The Future of Philosophy: Towards the Twenty-First Century

The Future of Philosophy: Towards the Twenty-First Century

The Future of Philosophy: Towards the Twenty-First Century

Synopsis

Where is philosophy going? Are we entering a post-philosophy millenium? The Future of Philosophy presents the notion of what the future of philosophy is as a crucial concept, since it allows us to speculate not only on the future, but also on the past. Eleven clear and concise essays consider a variety of issues, from ethics to mind, language to feminist thought, postmodernism to religion:*the future of philosophy*the history of ancient philosophy*the history of modern philosophy*ethics* political philosophy*philosophy of the postmodern*applied philosophy*feminist philosophy* philosophy of religion*philosophy of language*philosophy of mindFor those curious to explore the intellectual themes of the future, The Future of Philosophy will be a fascinating and insightful read.

Excerpt

I received a telephone call a few years ago from Zia Sardar, one of the editors of the journal Futures, who suggested that I write an article for the journal on the future of philosophy. At first I was perplexed about the whole idea. How, I wondered, could one possibly write about the future of a discipline like philosophy? Once I got down to the task, however, it seemed less improbable, since even if one’s speculations about the future go awry, it is interesting to stand back from the subject and consider it as a changing body of thought and arguments. We can all reflect on what we think have been positive changes and what future developments seem likely, even if we disapprove of those developments. It was with that thought in mind that I approached a number of philosophers with the invitation that they write on the future of their own particular area of the discipline. There has been no intention to cover every single part of philosophy, which would have called for a very weighty tome indeed, but to deal with some of the main areas.

I should like to thank my fellow contributors for their work and for their timely presentation of manuscripts, which made my editorial life much easier. The contributors have each approached the topic from his or her own view, and there has been no attempt to produce a party line. The only thing we have in common is that we think that it is important to think about the future of philosophy, an opinion which I hope the reader will come to share with us.

Oliver Leaman
Liverpool, February 1997

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