- Series: Contestations
- Hardcover: 249 pages
- Publisher: Cornell University Press (November 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801432081
- ISBN-13: 978-0801432088
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Skepticism, Belief, and the Modern: Maimonides to Nietzsche (Contestations)
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Briefly, Botwinick attempts to show that Plato "theorized the limitations of reason" long before it became fashionable to do so in our present postmodernism. Plato lays waste to the theory of Ideas in his `Parmenides' and shows, according to our author, that "there is no way to legitimately arrest the search for Forms at the level of the first Form that encompasses all the particulars that fall below it; but one must ground that Form itself in some still higher Form that grounds it and so on indefinitely." This futility, or so it here seems, will set the standard for Western philosophy. The grand Theories, which attempt to explain the `facts', end up as groundless as the brute facts themselves: "the groundlessness of fact is read back into the status of theory [...] so that each remains as uncertain as the other.Read more ›
Botwinick concludes that political liberty is a fucntion of this peculiarly Western worldview and that in abandoning it we abandon that which has made freedom possible. A brilliant and challenging work!