Peter Unger Philosophical Relativity

ISBN 13: 9780195155532

Philosophical Relativity

3.75 avg rating
( 4 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780195155532: Philosophical Relativity
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

In this short but meaty book, Peter Unger questions the objective answers that have been given to central problems in philosophy. As Unger hypothesizes, many of these problems are unanswerable, including the problems of knowledge and scepticism, the problems of free will, and problems of causation and explanation. In each case, he argues, we arrive at one answer only relative to an assumption about the meaning of key terms, terms like "know" and like "cause," even while we arrive at an opposite answer relative to quite different assumptions, but equally arbitrary assumptions, about what the key terms mean.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:


Peter Unger is Professor of Philosophy at New York University. He is the author of Ignorance (OUP 1975, 2002), Identity, Consciousness, and Value (OUP 1990), and Living High and Letting Die (1996)

Review:


"Current debates about contextualism in epistemology begin with Philosophical Relativity, where Unger gives the term 'contextualism' the meaning that, in many philosophical circles, it enjoys today, and gives the position designated by the term its first serious and systematic treatment. Few are likely to accept Unger's 'relativistic' conclusion that the advantages and disadvantages of contextualism and its rival, invariantism, balance out in such a way that there simply is no fact of the matter which is the correct theory, but all who want to think seriously about the issue should confront the challenging arguments in this seminal book."--Keith DeRose, Yale University


"If you didn't read this book first time, read it now. It packs a punch fit to stop a whole school of philosophy dead in its tracks, with no guarantee that it will ever move again. Those who think that a philosophical inquiry has to start with a decision about the exact meanings of the key terms need to work out their answer to this one from Peter Unger."--Edward Craig, Cambridge University


"Philosophical Relativity is a seminal text in the debate on contextualism, which blames philosophical problems on the hidden dependence of meaning on context. Unger's questions are even more urgent today than when he wrote."--Timothy Williamson, Oxford University


"First-rate philosophy, philosophy as it ought to be done."--Gilbert Harman, Princeton University


"OUP has done well to reissue Peter Unger's books in epistemology, both Ignorance and Philosophical Relativity Unger follows the argument to great depth, wherever it may lead, and the reader who follows along will be amply rewarded, which shows how impressively fresh and relevant this work remains after all these years."--Ernest Sosa, Brown University


"In his last book, Peter Unger set out to persuade us of a thorough-going skepticism; in the present one, he sets out to persuade us that it is fundamentally indeterminate whether (for example) the thorough-going skeptic of the person of common sense is right. But even if this is his newest doctrinal anarchism, there is nothing anarchic about the style of Philosophical Relativity. The argument is well-organized, and the exposition is lucid. Nor is there anything bombastic in Unger's medium to match his would-be devastating message; the reader is coaxed along gently but persistently."--Jennifer Hornsby, University of London


"This is an intelligent and highly original critique, clearly and even gracefully written, with a refreshing absence of pedantry."--Sir Peter Strawson, Oxford University


"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 59.00
US$ 62.20

Convert currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780631134282: Philosophical Relativity

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  063113428X ISBN 13:  9780631134282
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers, 1984
Hardcover

9780816612352: Philosophical Relativity

Univ o..., 1984
Softcover

9780816612338: Philosophical Relativity

Univ o..., 1984
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Peter Unger
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2002)
ISBN 10: 019515553X ISBN 13: 9780195155532
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. In this short volume (first published in 1984), Peter Unger questions the objective answers that have have been given to traditional problems in philosopy. He casts doubt on the generally unquestioned view that fundamental questionspertaining to meaning and existence have direct solutions, arguing that by their very nature they remain ultimiately unanswerable. He suggests that the answers to these questions must be viewed in terms of a general philosophical and semantic relativily, proposing that truth cannot be arrived at in absolute sense but rather with relative degrees of precision. Written with unusual clarity, Philosophical Relativity, is provocative, highly readable and ambitious in scope. Seller Inventory # AAV9780195155532

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 62.20
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Unger, Peter
Published by Oxford University Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 019515553X ISBN 13: 9780195155532
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Seller Inventory # ria9780195155532_lsuk

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 57.19
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.08
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Peter Unger
Published by OUP USA (2002)
ISBN 10: 019515553X ISBN 13: 9780195155532
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA, 2002. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9780195155532

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.03
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Peter Unger
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2002)
ISBN 10: 019515553X ISBN 13: 9780195155532
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.In this short volume (first published in 1984), Peter Unger questions the objective answers that have have been given to traditional problems in philosopy. He casts doubt on the generally unquestioned view that fundamental questionspertaining to meaning and existence have direct solutions, arguing that by their very nature they remain ultimiately unanswerable. He suggests that the answers to these questions must be viewed in terms of a general philosophical and semantic relativily, proposing that truth cannot be arrived at in absolute sense but rather with relative degrees of precision. Written with unusual clarity, Philosophical Relativity, is provocative, highly readable and ambitious in scope. Seller Inventory # AAV9780195155532

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 64.39
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Peter Unger
Published by OUP USA (2002)
ISBN 10: 019515553X ISBN 13: 9780195155532
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA, 2002. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 4 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # LQ-9780195155532

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 58.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.82
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

PHILOSOPHICAL RELATIVITY (PAPERBACK) -
ISBN 10: 019515553X ISBN 13: 9780195155532
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Herb Tandree Philosophy Books
(Stroud, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: NEW. 9780195155532 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. For all enquiries, please contact Herb Tandree Philosophy Books directly - customer service is our primary goal. Seller Inventory # HTANDREE01579694

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 61.54
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 10.48
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Unger, Peter
Published by Oxford University Press (2018)
ISBN 10: 019515553X ISBN 13: 9780195155532
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2018. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # 019515553X

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 76.49
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Peter Unger
Published by Oxford University Press, USA (2002)
ISBN 10: 019515553X ISBN 13: 9780195155532
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX019515553X

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 74.34
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Unger, Peter
Published by Oxford University Press 2002-10 (2002)
ISBN 10: 019515553X ISBN 13: 9780195155532
New Quantity Available: 5
Print on Demand
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press 2002-10, 2002. Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 4-5 working days from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Seller Inventory # NU-LSI-06913543

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 46.12
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 39.30
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Peter Unger
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 019515553X ISBN 13: 9780195155532
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. Paperback. Condition: New. 144 pages. Dimensions: 9.4in. x 6.1in. x 0.4in.In this short but meaty book, Peter Unger questions the objective answers that have been given to central problems in philosophy. As Unger hypothesizes, many of these problems are unanswerable, including the problems of knowledge and scepticism, the problems of free will, and problems of causation and explanation. In each case, he argues, we arrive at one answer only relative to an assumption about the meaning of key terms, terms like know and like cause, even while we arrive at an opposite answer relative to quite different assumptions, but equally arbitrary assumptions, about what the key terms mean. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9780195155532

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 85.59
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book