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The Philosophical Inquiry: Towards a Global Account [Paperback]

Claudio Costa
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August 9, 2002 0761823174 978-0761823179
The Philosophical Inquiry develops a "global theory" on the nature of philosophy. This study compares the philosophical process to other cultural activities including, science, religion, and art. What this study reveals is that the philosophical inquiry is a conjectural inquiry, similar to science, which anticipates consensual results.

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Claudio Costa is Professor of Philosophy in the UFRN, Natal RN, Brazil.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of America (August 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761823174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761823179
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,960,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claudio Ferreira Costa (1954-) was born in the Vila Seropedica, near to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He studied medicine, gained his MS in the UFRJ and his PhD at the University of Konstanz (Germany). Since 1992 he works in the UFRN (Natal), secluded in the Northeastern of Brazil, although always in contact with the philosophical discussion through many grants taken at the universities of Konstanz, Munich, Berkeley and Oxford. Even if dealing with contemporary analytic philosophy, his perspectives are those of an outsider, defending points of view belonging to the philosophy of the first half of the Twentieth Century and rejecting much of the mainstream philosophy.
Two relevant books are "The Philosophical Inquiry" (Lanham: UPA, 2002)and "Paisagens Filosóficas (Rio de Janeiro: Tempo Brasileiro, 2012). His main philosophical papers are "A Metadescriptive Theory of Proper Names" (Ratio, 2011), "A Perspectival Definition of Knowledge" (Ratio, 2010), "Free Will and the Soft Constraints of Reason" (Ratio 2006), and "The Sceptical Deal with our Concept of External Reality" (Abstracta 2009). Extended versions of these papers can be found in his main book, "Lines of Thought: Rethinking Philosophical Assumptions" (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publications, 2014). Most of his work can be read at least in draft form in his "blog":

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Anticipation of Science November 12, 2002
This book is an innovative metaphilosophical work. Its main thesis is, that philosophy might be a kind of anticipation of science. The author manages to develope this thesis without falling into a scientist or positivist view of the nature of philosophy. He achieves this aim by defining science as a „consensualizable public knowledge", following John Ziman. By contrast, philosophy must be a „non-consensualizable public inquiry", and this isn't a scientist or positivist view. The idea that philosphy is a conceptual analysis is integrated to this general account: most of philosophy must be a conceptual analysis and a non-consensualizable inquiry anticipating science. As a systematic work, the book is a very fine argumentative achievement.
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