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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 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: #7,508,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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

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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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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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