The Tree of Knowledge and Other Essays

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BRILL, 1993 - 254 páginas
In an autobiographical introduction the author tells about the two forces which have shaped his intellectual life: philosophy as an academic profession and philosophy as a search for a view of life. The book, accordingly, divides in two parts. The essays in the first part survey developments in logic and analytical philosophy in the perspective of the closing century and in the light of the author's long experience and participation in them. There are also essays on Musil's criticism of Mach, on the Finnish philosopher Eino Kaila's search for a monistic world view, and on Wittgenstein's place on the cultural map of the century.
The papers in the second part deal with traits of contemporary civilization which have become problematic thanks to the impact of technological developments on political and social forms of life. Humanism, modernity, and scientific rationality are key-ideas taken up for critical scrutiny.

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Introduction
1
Logic and Philosophy in the Twentieth Century
7
Analytic Philosophy A HistoricoCritical Survey
25
Musil and Mach
53
Eino Kailas Monism
62
Wittgenstein and the Twentieth Century
83
A Pilgrims Progress
103
A Philosophical Logicians Itinerary
114
The Tree of Knowledge
127
Humanism and the Humanities
155
Dante between Ulysses and Faust
193
The Myth of Progress
202
Science Reason and Value
229
Index
249
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Georg Henrik von Wright, a Finnish philosopher, held a research Professorship in the Academy of Finland. He was also Professor at Cornell University. His chief publications are "A treatise on induction and probability, An Essay in Modal Logic, Logical Studies, Norm and Action, The Varieties of Goodness, Explanation and Understanding, Wittgenstein, Philosophical Papers I-III."

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