Putting Philosophy to Work: Inquiry and Its Place in Culture

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This wide-ranging collection of Susan Haack's new and recent essays offers applied philosophy in a new key and a fresh voice—subtle, penetrating analyses of vital issues about science, society, religion, law, literature, even about what makes a life meaningful.

    Is truth one, or many—or both? Or could it be just an illusion?
  • Are science and religion compatible? Does science itself require a kind of faith?
  • Is consistency intellectually indispensable, or merely "the hobgoblin of little minds"?
  • How does truth relate to justice, and how can courts best handle the scientific testimony often vital to a case?
  • Is economics the "queen of the social sciences," or are its scientific pretensions largely bogus?
  • Is philosophy itself a science, or is it more akin to literature?
  • How can we learn so much about life from fiction, when the stories novelists tell are not true?

Whether she is telling the "sad, sleazy saga" of a drug company's efforts to suppress the unfavorable results of a clinical trial it had funded, disentangling the many senses of "coherent," or reflecting on the growth of intellectual character, Haack writes with the clarity, verve, and wit her readers have come to expect.

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Susan Haack (Coral Gables, FL) is Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, professor of philosophy, and professor of law at the University of Miami. She is the author of numerous highly acclaimed books including Defending Science--Within Reason; Philosophy of Logics; Evidence and Inquiry; Deviant Logic, Fuzzy Logic: Beyond the Formalism; and Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate: Unfashionable Essays; and the editor of Pragmatism, Old and New. She is one of the handful of living philosophers in Peter King's 100 Philosophers: The Life and Work of the World's Greatest Thinkers, and was included in the Sunday Independent's 2005 list of the ten most important women philosophers of all time.

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"Doing justice to these essays in a couple of sentences is a tough assignment. Susan Haack shows how the approach to philosophy she has done much to articulate can illuminate an impressively wide range of important issues - philosophical, scientific, social and legal - which she analyses with balance and rigor. A great collection!" --F. John Celndinnen, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne

"In these times, when one has to fight against irrationalism and pedantry, Haack's new book is a powerful stimulus for those who believe in the value of intelligence, honesty, and informed common sense. Haack has become one of the greatest Pragmatists; in the spirit of classical Pragmatism, she regrets the present state of philosophy, trapped between analytic scholasticism, dogmatic ideology, irrelevant technicalities, and grandiloquent vacuities. These essays reflect a mature conception of philosophy and rational inquiry from an outstandingly sensible philosopher." --Maria J. Frápolli, Univeristy of Granada, President of the Spanish Society for Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science

"Susan Haack has been amazingly and admirably energetic, creative, and productive. Her range extends from logic, epistemology, metaphysics, etc., to science, religion, law, literature, and life. There is almost no topic on which she does not contribute penetrating and reasonable viewpoints of her own - with rigor, clarity, scope, depth, pertinence, and significance. This book, manifesting the intellectual integrity of a real and responsible thinker, will interest every reader who really cares about wisdom, truth, and the world." --Chen Bo, Professor of Philosophy, Peking University

"In these times, when one has to fight against irrationalism and pedantry, Haack's new book is a powerful stimulus for those who believe in the value of intelligence, honesty, and informed common sense. Haack has become one of the greatest Pragmatists; in the spirit of classical Pragmatism, she regrets the present state of philosophy, trapped between analytic scholasticism, dogmatic ideology, irrelevant technicalities, and grandiloquent vacuities. These essays reflect a mature conception of philosophy and rational inquiry from an outstandingly sensible philosopher." --Maria J. Frápolli, Univeristy of Granada, President of the Spanish Society for Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science

"Susan Haack has been amazingly and admirably energetic, creative, and productive. Her range extends from logic, epistemology, metaphysics, etc., to science, religion, law, literature, and life. There is almost no topic on which she does not contribute penetrating and reasonable viewpoints of her own - with rigor, clarity, scope, depth, pertinence, and significance. This book, manifesting the intellectual integrity of a real and responsible thinker, will interest every reader who really cares about wisdom, truth, and the world." --Chen Bo, Professor of Philosophy, Peking University

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