The empirical sciences make assumptions that they are not themselves capable of justifying. Philosophy justifies those assumptions; that is its job.
A number attempts to provide a rational basis for religious sentiment are clearly stated and carefully critiqued, most of them being shown to fail. At the same time, it is argued that the legitimacy of religious sentiment is in no way undermined by such failings, since any outlook whose legitimacy depends on the outcome of logical or empirical inquiry is for that very reason a non-religious outlook. And the reason for this is not that a religious outlook is a stubbornly irrational one.
"the most incisive analysis of religion known to me"
Even though the world is governed by laws, human beings are able to be free. In fact, there is no difference between being genuinely free and having a distinctively human psychological architecture. But self-deception and rationalization can result in the replacement of actual beliefs with operational pseudo-beliefs. When this happens, the result is a sociopathic pseudo-person.
In this book, each of the possible positions concerning the relationship between mind and body is clearly explained and thoroughly critiqued. It is concluded that, although mental events are identical with physical events, mentalistic statements are not equivalent with physicalistic statements.
"clear, thorough, powerful"
It is said what it is to persist in time, and on that basis it is shown that time-travel, teleportation, and other mainstays of science fiction are impossible.
"Lucid and pure, a beautiful book"
This book provides clear, concise answers to such questions as: What is it for one event to cause another? What are the different kinds of causation? Does knowledge of physical law presuppose knowledge of instances of causation, or is it the other way around?
"one of the two or three best philosophy books"
Kuczynski's works are difficult and are likely scare off listeners who are not already familiar with their contents. For this reason, the following summaries of Kuczynski's works are likely to introduce many people to this scholar's work and, thereby, to introduce them to the many powerful intellectual traditions of which Kuczynski is either exponent or critic.
"the work of an actual genius"
This work gives clear rigorous answers to the fundamental questions of epistemology, these being: What is knowledge? How does declarative knowledge differ from procedural knowledge? How does intuitive knowledge differ from discursive knowledge? How does scientific knowledge differ from non-scientific knowledge? What is the difference between discovery and justification? And much more.
"The ultimate philosophy book"
There are many reasons to behave immorally, but, so it seems, very few reasons to behave morally. In this short work, it is shown that all genuinely self-interested behavior embodies a certain morality. It is also shown that no viable ethical system requires its adherents to deny their self-interest.
"hands the down the best book on Nietzsche"
This audiobook discusses such topics as sociopathy, pedantry, and rationalization and repression from psychoanalytic, philosophical, and empirical perspectives.
"the truth about bureaucrats and social decay"
Various thoughts are stated and developed as to how to improve oneself and as to the nature of the forces, both internal and external, that prevent one from doing so.
"bitter, cynical, never boring"
This volume describes the ruinous consequences of pseudo-professions.
"telling it like it is"
Do we choose our values or do our values choose us?
©2016 John-Michael Kuczynski (P)2016 John-Michael Kuczynski
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