Philosophical Style: An Anthology about the Writing and Reading of Philosophy

Philosophical Style: An Anthology about the Writing and Reading of Philosophy

Philosophical Style: An Anthology about the Writing and Reading of Philosophy

Philosophical Style: An Anthology about the Writing and Reading of Philosophy

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There may be good reasons as well as bad ones why the topic of philosophical style has been consistently ignored both by literary critics of style and by philosophers themselves. On the one hand, if philosophy is a search for wisdom or more particularly truth (as most philosophers have agreed that it in some sense is), the philosopher will understandably concentrate his own efforts and his reader's attention on the object of that search. The most significant issue in an argument for the existence of God, it would then be reasonable to claim, is whether the argument stands up as argument -- whether God in fact exists; and little time or interest and perhaps even material would remain, if this first issue could be settled, either for deconstructing or for reconstructing the "style" of that argument as distinguishable from its substance.

The tendency in this direction could only be strengthened, moreover, by the fact that some of the . . .

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