The Nature of Philosophical Inquiry

The Nature of Philosophical Inquiry

The Nature of Philosophical Inquiry

The Nature of Philosophical Inquiry

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Forty-eight years ago I published my first piece of what is called "scholarly research" in philosophy. (I would be just as happy if no one were today to take the trouble to read that juvenile attempt.) Since then I have engaged in a good deal of scholarly research, while building up an ardent desire to get beyond scholarship and to publish a philosophical book with no footnotes, i.e., no "scholarship," only a kind of outpouring of some of the thinking I have been doing over the years. There is, after all, more to thinking philosophically than mere scholarship.

Some of those who read what is written here may have read one or another of the other things I have published -- books, chapters in books, articles, and book reviews -- and they may find that here I frequently quote myself without employing quotation marks. I take the liberty of doing this, because it underlines the fact that I stick by what I have said before -- or, perhaps, develop, alter, nuance, or drop what I have said before -- and I say it on my own, not as commentary on or exegesis of what someone else has said. I trust that my thinking has . . .

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