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Skepticism, Belief, and the Modern: Maimonides to Nietzsche (Contestations)

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  • 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)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,778,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This study can be understood as an unusually intelligent attempt to think through the proposition that the history of philosophy is the history of a set of problems. Those problems can perhaps best be subsumed under the rubric of skepticism. Beginning with an all-too-brief discussion of Plato, the central chapters (the `meat' of the book) are concerned with Maimonides and his purported `influence' on (or similarities with) Hobbes. Keep in mind that Botwinick doesn't insist on this influence as a matter of historical fact noting that any similarities could be ascribed to the later philosopher (i.e., Hobbes) reaching the same conclusions independently. This central discussion of Maimonides and Hobbes is followed by a brief discussion of the modern, premodern, and the postmodern which, in turn, is then followed by a concluding chapter on Nietzsche. Now, how many books do you know that study Maimonides and Nietzsche?

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.
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By A Customer on January 28, 2000
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This book is reflects the thought of a prfound intellect who is a radical sceptic and at the same time deeply religious. In this work Botwinick demonstates how these two seemingly opposing world views are in fact complementary. Not only that, but that both faith and sceptism have been at the heart of Western thought from the Old Testement to the the Modern age.
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!
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By A Customer on January 30, 2000
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For a unique, if challanging, reinterpretation of the whole of Western thought read Botwinick's insightful and creative book. You will never feel the same about the standard textbook interpretations of Western thought and philosophy again.
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By A Customer on January 30, 2000
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For a unique, if challanging, reinterpretation of the whole of Western thought read Botwinick's insightful and creative book. You will never feel the same about the standard textbook interpretations of Western thought and philosophy again.
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