50 Philosophy Classics: Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing, by Tom Butler-Bowdon

By Tom Butler-Bowdon

50 Philosophy Classics: considering, BEING, performing, SEEING- Profound Insights and robust pondering from Fifty Key Books (April 2013) would be the 6th within the bestselling 50s sequence, and a full of life access aspect into the research. Butler-Bowdon explores the works of fifty of the main major philosophers; together with those who express us the right way to imagine (Descartes, Foucault and Wittgenstein); easy methods to be (Aristotle, Spinoza, Sartre); how you can act (Bentham, Kant, Singer) and the way to work out (Baudrillard, Hegel, Talbot).

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Necessity, impossibility, possibility, and contingency. These modal attributes are on a par with truth and falsehood in that they hold of the same items of which truth and falsehood hold: objects, thoughts, and sentences. Introduction 21 Aristotle offers ‘statistical’ definitions of modal attributes in so far as they hold of objects: an object is necessary just in case it is always true, it is impossible just in case it is always false, etc. (these definitions are called ‘statistical’ because they turn on how often something is the case).

Moreover, it goes against the way in which truth and falsehood were ordinarily conceived of in Antiquity: as I said, the idea that the bearers of truth or falsehood are true or false at times was widespread.

E. when and only when it exists. e. when and only when it does not exist. e. when and only when it does not exist. e. when and only when it exists. Thus, simple beliefs and simple assertions concerning simple objects also are existential beliefs and assertions. For example, an utterance of ‘Man exists’, which is an affirmative simple existential assertion concerning the natural kind man (an essence, and therefore a simple object), is true when and only when man exists. Since all simple objects exist always, every affirmative existential belief, or assertion, concerning a simple object is always true, and every negative existential belief, or assertion, concerning a simple object is always false.

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