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Students Guide To Philosophy: Philosophy (Guides To Major Disciplines) [Paperback]

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Pages   75
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.95" Width: 5.09" Height: 0.22"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1999
Publisher   Intercollegiate Studies Institute
ISBN  1882926390  
EAN  9781882926398  

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The ISI Guides to the Major Disciplines are reader-friendly introductions to the most important fields of knowledge in the liberal arts. Written by leading scholars for both students and the general public, they will be appreciated by anyone desiring a reliable and informative tour of important subject matter. Each title offers an historical overview of a particular discipline, explains the central ideas of each subject, and evaluates the works of thinkers whose ideas have shaped our world. They will aid students seeking to make better decisions about their course of study as well as general readers who wish to supplement their education. All who treasure the world of ideas and liberal learning will be motivated by these original and stimulating presentations.

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More About Ralph M. McInerny & R. V. Young

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ralph McInerny (1929-2010) was Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies and director emeritus of the Jacques Maritain Center, University of Notre Dame. He was the author of numerous works in philosophy, literature, fiction, and journalism, including The Very Rich Hours of Jacques Maritain, Characters in Search of Their Author, and his autobiography, I Alone Have Escaped to Tell You, all published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

Ralph M. McInerny currently resides in South Bend, in the state of Indiana.

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Flawed is Not the Word for It  Dec 29, 2006
Would you trust a film critic who thought that every film made since the end of the silent era was junk? How about a literary critic who dismissed everything published since the Victorian Era as a waste of time? If you agree with me that such critics are hidebound and parochial and best ignored, then you're going to save the time it would take to read "A Student's Guide to Philosophy."

As an introduction to philosophy for the newcomer this book is hopelessly inadequate. The author purports to believe that people interested in philosophy should get back to basics and read Plato and Aristotle. Fair enough. But then he goes on to trash virtually all philosophy from Descartes onwards, attacks Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy concerning a decision on abortion, and you start to realize that this is not your average tyro's guide to philosophy. This is a highly biased (if bigoted is not the word) Catholic tract that basically wants to claim that every knotty problem in philosophy can be solved by relying solely on Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas -- as well as, presumably, doing everything the pope tells you to do.

If denial of the last four hundred years or so of philosophy is your idea of a good time, or if you're the kind of Catholic who just mindlessly follows the Pope's orders no matter how absurd or illogical (and most of the Catholics I know are much smarter than that), than this book is for you. But if you have half a brain and would like an adequate and reliable introduction to the subject of philosophy (and not just that portion of it that Thomists deem acceptable), I would try Kenny or Copleston or just about anyone else, because this book is a laughable failure (the Bibliographical Essay, written not by the author but by Joshua P. Hochschild, is pretty good, but even that does some special pleading for books written by the author).

If you're just starting out and you want to learn about philosophy you can do a lot better than this.
A traditional natural-law philosophy  Feb 26, 2006
Since the trauma of World War I Western culture has become sympathetic to subjective relativism and unsympathetic to objective morals: In his Preface to Morals (1929) Walter Lippmann called belief in the objectivity of good and evil the "pathetic fallacy." In his The Modern Temper (1929), Joseph Wood Krutch described emerging moral relativism and uncertainty in the 1920's, which viewed traditional morals, religious beliefs and intellectual certainties as myths that have been unmasked by advances in modern science. And in his Only Yesterday (1931), Frederick Lewis Allen wrote that 1920's-era relativism was reinforced by Einstein and Heisenberg, who had brought relativism and uncertainty into physics.

Do you believe that the Nuremberg trials of the Nazis were just the victors imposing their peculiar cultural values on the vanquished? If your answer is "yes", then you maintain a relativist view of morality. Do you believe that if the Nazis had won World War II, then it would be true to say that Jews are not persons but are merely vermin to be exterminated? If so, then you maintain a relativist view of truth. And you may also be sympathetic to the "pro-choice" view of abortion, which is based in subjectivist relativism.

On the other hand if your answers to the above questions are "no", then you are not sympathetic to relativism. And you may be interested in this book, A Student's Guide to Philosophy, by Notre Dame philosopher Ralph McInerny. Its author views Western philosophy from the perspective of the philosophies of Aristotle and Aquinas.

Much of academic philosophy - including what I found while at Notre Dame University - is an irrelevant pedantic game. But this book is an authentic philosophy book by an author who believes in the philosophy he writes about. In my vividly recalled personal experience as a student in McInerny's classes I found him an authentic and ingenuous philosopher. I am not of Scholastic persuasion, but I rate this book at 5 stars.
Right Wing Propaganda Disguised as Scholarship  Oct 17, 2005
I just finished "A Students Guide to Philosophy" by Ralph McInerny and what a disappointment! I wish I would have checked the publishers website ([...]) before I opened this book. This book is a thinly guised attempt to pedal right wing propaganda. The tip off is section entitlked, "Fact/Value Split" where the author refers to "infamous Kennedy decision", referring to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's decision on abortion. I should have stopped reading there, but once I start a book I finish it through. The book puports to be a "Students Guide", but it is nothing of the sort. It is fraudulently trying to pass itself off as an academic book. Don't waste your time reading this trash, pick up Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy" instead.
Biased and propagandistic  Mar 8, 2004
This work purports to be an introduction for students and any interested people to philosophy. It isn't. If it's an introduction to anything at all, it's an introduction to Thomism.
Philosophy is a richly diverse field, though you wouldn't know it from reading this book. In fact, this book leaves the reader with the impression that philosophy started with Plato and ended with Aristotle, with brief revivals by St. Thomas Aquinas and an occasional Pope. McInerny quite explicitly rejects all of "modern philosophy" (i.e. nearly all philosophy from Descartes to now) as not worth discussing, characterizing it as so many different versions of subjectivism. As a philosopher and a teacher of philosophy, I have never been so personally and professionally insulted by a book. As a philosopher himself, McInerny knows full well that what he says about modern philosophy (which for some bizarre reason he feels compelled to attribute to the pernicious influence of Martin Luther) is just simply false.
While the main thesis that we are all engaged in the philosophical enterprise is a laudable one, his treatment of philosophy is so infused with a Thomistic and papist bias that I could not recommend more strongly against reading this book or (God forbid!) adopting it for classroom use. This book is not an introduction to philosophy--it is a disguised piece of propaganda, and like all propaganda, is best kept at a safe distance.
philosophy belongs to everyone  Jan 10, 2002
Rather than a give the story of philosophy in 50 pages, Dr. McInerny points students of philosophy in a direction such that their philosophical studies might actually benefit their lives. The book is thus a defense of perennial philosophy, and the classical view that philosophy is something humans are "naturally" drawn to do, because it completes our lives. Dr. McInerny engages the reader in argument, as he defends this view against modern views of philosophy, and discusses the nature of certainty, common sense, and the role of science. Its most important value is the great faith in human intellect and reason, implicit throughout the book. This book would make a good beginning for college philosophy classes. A concluding bibliographical appendix by Joshua Hochschild gives a brief overview of main philosophers throughout history, and some good suggestions for reading.

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