Modern Challenges to Past Philosophy: Arguments and Responses

2014.05.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Russell Pannier and Thomas D. Sullivan, Modern Challenges to Past Philosophy: Arguments and Responses, Bloomsbury, 2014,
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2014.05.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Russell Pannier and Thomas D. Sullivan, Modern Challenges to Past Philosophy: Arguments and Responses, Bloomsbury, 2014, 203pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781441170637. Reviewed by Tom Sorell, University of Warwick Russell Pannier and Thomas Sullivan argue that there is much of value in the philosophy of the past, and that arguments to the contrary from scientistic philosophers and anti-philosophical scientists are often questionable. I agree with them, but have doubts about their rhetorical choices, and their over-inclusive conception of philosophy. Their style of argument is often ill-suited to their chosen audiences, and their chosen audiences are sometimes wider than they should be. Here is an argument for the importance of philosophical writings from the past that seems to me to be more or less sound (if boring): Philosophical writings from the past are essential to teach in a first degree philosophy. . .

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