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The Philosophical Inquiry: Towards a Global Account Paperback – August 9, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0761823179 ISBN-10: 0761823174

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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 0.4 x 8.5 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: #8,084,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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I was born in 1954 in the Vila Seropedica, near to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I studied medicine, gained my MS in the UFRJ and my PhD at the University of Konstanz (Germany). Since 1992 I have worked in the UFRN (Natal), secluded in the beautiful Northeastern of Brazil, though always in contact with the international philosophical discussion through many grants taken at the universities of Konstanz, Munich, Berkeley and Oxford. Even if dealing with contemporary analytic philosophy, I reject much of the mainstream philosophy. Most of my work was written in Portuguese. Two relevant books are "The Philosophical Inquiry" (Lanham: UPA, 2002), on the nature of philosophy, and "Paisagens Filosóficas (Rio de Janeiro: Tempo Brasileiro, 2012), which is a collection of papers on a diversity of philosophical problems. My 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 my main published book, "Lines of Thought: Rethinking Philosophical Assumptions" (Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2014). Most of my work can be read, at least in draft form, in my "blog":

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susanne Nusser on November 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
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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