Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226365282 Will Publish January 2018
An e-book edition will be published.

What Philosophy Is For

Michael Hampe

What Philosophy Is For

Michael Hampe

Translated by Michael Winkler
352 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226365282 Will Publish January 2018
E-book $45.00 ISBN: 9780226365312 Will Publish January 2018
What is the state of philosophy today, and what might it become tomorrow? With What Philosophy Teaches, Michael Hampe answers these questions by exploring the relationships among philosophy, education, science, and narrative, developing a Socratically inspired critique of philosophical doctrines.

Philosophers have generally thought that their distinctive commitment to critical reflection entailed the development of systematic theories that lay out the basic structures of human experience, in order to teach the rest of humanity how to conceive more truly our place in the world. Hampe argues against this line of thinking, positing that the world consists fundamentally of individual things whose nature can never fully be captured by general concepts. As a result, philosophy should strive to challenge the false authority by which established patterns of thought and feeling hold us captive, enable the creative imagination to develop new forms of self-understanding, and thereby restore a sense of individual possibilities that would bring philosophy closer to the practices of literature and the arts.

What Philosophy Teaches is simultaneously an introduction, a critique, and a call to action. Hampe shows how and why philosophy became what it is today, and, crucially, shows what it could be once more, if it would only turn its back on its pretensions to dogma: a privileged space for reflecting on the human condition.
Contents
Preface to the American Edition
 
1          Asserting, Narrating, Educating
2          Maieutic and Academic Philosophy
3          Life, Subjectivity, Assimilation
4          The Life of Assertive Beings, Linguistic Dissidence
5          Ordinary Language, Theories, and Explanations
6          The Ordinary and Its Truth
7          Expertocracy and the Education of Individuals
8          Freedom, Necessity, Creativity
9          Reacting to the World
10        Telling Stories about Assertions and Arguments
11        Concreteness and Critique
12        Arriving at the End of Asserting
 
Epilogue to the History of Philosophy
Acknowledgments
Index
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