Putting Philosophy to Work: Inquiry and Its Place in Cult... and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Putting Philosophy to Work: Inquiry and Its Place in Culture Hardcover – March 30, 2008


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$13.97 $12.88

The World Beyond Your Head by Matthew B. Crawford
The World Beyond Your Head by Matthew B. Crawford
Check out the newest book by Matthew B. Crawford. Learn more | See all by author
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (July 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591025281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591025283
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,491,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Doing justice to these essays in a couple of sentences is a tough assignment. Susan Haack shows how the approach to philosophy she has done much to articulate can illuminate an impressively wide range of important issues - philosophical, scientific, social and legal - which she analyses with balance and rigor. A great collection!" --F. John Celndinnen, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne

"In these times, when one has to fight against irrationalism and pedantry, Haack's new book is a powerful stimulus for those who believe in the value of intelligence, honesty, and informed common sense. Haack has become one of the greatest Pragmatists; in the spirit of classical Pragmatism, she regrets the present state of philosophy, trapped between analytic scholasticism, dogmatic ideology, irrelevant technicalities, and grandiloquent vacuities. These essays reflect a mature conception of philosophy and rational inquiry from an outstandingly sensible philosopher." --Maria J. Frápolli, Univeristy of Granada, President of the Spanish Society for Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science

"Susan Haack has been amazingly and admirably energetic, creative, and productive. Her range extends from logic, epistemology, metaphysics, etc., to science, religion, law, literature, and life. There is almost no topic on which she does not contribute penetrating and reasonable viewpoints of her own - with rigor, clarity, scope, depth, pertinence, and significance. This book, manifesting the intellectual integrity of a real and responsible thinker, will interest every reader who really cares about wisdom, truth, and the world." --Chen Bo, Professor of Philosophy, Peking University

"In these times, when one has to fight against irrationalism and pedantry, Haack's new book is a powerful stimulus for those who believe in the value of intelligence, honesty, and informed common sense. Haack has become one of the greatest Pragmatists; in the spirit of classical Pragmatism, she regrets the present state of philosophy, trapped between analytic scholasticism, dogmatic ideology, irrelevant technicalities, and grandiloquent vacuities. These essays reflect a mature conception of philosophy and rational inquiry from an outstandingly sensible philosopher." --Maria J. Frápolli, Univeristy of Granada, President of the Spanish Society for Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science

"Susan Haack has been amazingly and admirably energetic, creative, and productive. Her range extends from logic, epistemology, metaphysics, etc., to science, religion, law, literature, and life. There is almost no topic on which she does not contribute penetrating and reasonable viewpoints of her own - with rigor, clarity, scope, depth, pertinence, and significance. This book, manifesting the intellectual integrity of a real and responsible thinker, will interest every reader who really cares about wisdom, truth, and the world." --Chen Bo, Professor of Philosophy, Peking University

About the Author

Susan Haack (Coral Gables, FL) is Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, professor of philosophy, and professor of law at the University of Miami. She is the author of numerous highly acclaimed books including Defending Science--Within Reason; Philosophy of Logics; Evidence and Inquiry; Deviant Logic, Fuzzy Logic: Beyond the Formalism; and Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate: Unfashionable Essays; and the editor of Pragmatism, Old and New. She is one of the handful of living philosophers in Peter King's 100 Philosophers: The Life and Work of the World's Greatest Thinkers, and was included in the Sunday Independent's 2005 list of the ten most important women philosophers of all time.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Jamison VINE VOICE on July 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Picked this up from the library's new book shelf and by sheer luck found the good stuff. The articles included begin with the nature of truth and work their way up to the meaning of life and specifically the meaning of SH's life and interest in philosophy. Many of these are the same but different. There is nice prose that does more than an adequate job explaining difficult issues but the difficulties are different. Regarding "The Unity of Truth and the Plurality of Truths" we have "What is true and not tautologous is that there are many different but compatible truths, expressible in different vocabularies." (p. 48) Tarski is beautifully used to deal with this though there is a critique of the hierarchy of languages and wffs. I was surprised not to find some discussion of a theory of types here. C.S. Peirce turns out to be a favorite though one of my favorite Peirce historians (James Liszka is not mentioned). Rorty quotes are plentiful as are Percy Bridgman and especially Dorothy Sayers. This is a good one to use as a selection for those students puzzled about relativity and truth especially with regard to science and the so called scientific method, feminism and even the difficulties of being on the Supreme Court.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Academic philosophy in the English-speaking world is still dominated by what's left of the analytic tradition that began over a century ago. That tradition has been in failure mode for decades, with its ossified methodology yielding almost nothing of value on the issues that brought philosophy into being. Susan Haack's body of work is the opposite of this: she has ignored the trendy irrelevancies on which the field has largely subsisted and she has made philosophy relevant again.

Haack's achievements go to the foundation of rational thought, with her "Evidence and Inquiry" providing what I see as the future of epistemology, while her "Defending Science: Within Reason" presents what must be the most perceptive account of both the scientific method and the science business ever produced. Her list of significant accomplishments goes well beyond these.

Haack is no ideologue - she's a true pragmatist, while being a partisan only of truth and good sense. She employs a highly effective style of inquiry that is informed by her landmark work in epistemology. In addressing any issue, she identifies and jettisons the junk, collects the best ideas from all sides, then uses these in the construction of a more sophisticated perspective. The most remarkable part is that she makes this appear so effortless that it's easy to overlook the magnitude of the achievements.

The title "Putting Philosophy To Work" reflects Haack's determination to see beyond the confusion on a range of real-world issues that are either directly philosophical or that have important philosophical underpinnings.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
As another reviewer said, this expanded edition of Putting Philosophy to Work is a must. In the Preface Haack reports that the experience of preparing talks in response to the "variety of intriguing invitations" called forth by her seminal work on science, epistemology, truth, logic, and so forth "proved exhilarating as well as exhausting". The great thing about reading the finished products is that you get to skip the exhausting part! The essays are a joy to read, and ever-stimulating to ponder. The new pieces on scientism, Popperian "logical negativism", and the ethics of the academic life are splendid. For readers outside philosophy, Haack's writing will inspire enthusiasm and admiration for the subject; for reader's inside philosophy, they should provoke doubts about the health of the profession.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
This book is an expanded edition of Susan Haack's Putting Philosophy to Work ( 2008). It contains, as new chapters, a preface and the essays titled "Six Signs of Scientism", "Just Say No to Logical Negativism" and "Out of Step: Academic Ethics in a Preposterous Environment". The whole of twenty studies is very comprehensive and witty, embracing science, religion, law and literature. It is a must.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?