The Philosophical Imagination: Selected Essays by Richard Moran

By Richard Moran

The Philosophical Imagination brings jointly a number of of Richard Moran's essays, ranging over a striking number of themes in philosophy of brain and motion, aesthetics, and ethical psychology.

A subject connecting a number of of the essays is different methods our means for mind's eye is drawn on in our responsiveness to paintings, to literature, to the lives of alternative folks, and within the perform of philosophy itself. subject matters explored right here comprise our emotional responses to mimetic artistic endeavors, the character of metaphor as a motor vehicle of proposal and within the paintings of rhetoric, and the knowledge of the concept that of good looks, as that's built in contrasting methods within the paintings of Immanuel Kant and Marcel Proust. a number of of the essays reply to the paintings of modern and modern philosophers corresponding to Bernard Williams, Stanley Cavell, Harry Frankfurt, and Iris Murdoch, within the context of such topics because the philosophical challenge of 'other minds', love and useful cause, the legacy of Sartrean existentialism, and the function of heritage within the disciplinary self-understanding of philosophy. the ultimate workforce of essays specializes in questions about self-knowledge and the significance of the first-person viewpoint, constructing principles from Moran's influential e-book Authority and Estrangement (Princeton 2001). themes mentioned right here contain the character of a person's 'practical wisdom' of her personal motion, the concept that of the psychological and the variations among self-understanding and the certainty of others, and the ambiguous position of narrative as a kind of self-understanding.

Throughout there's an try and draw out the connections among themes which are frequently mentioned in isolation from one another, and to pursue them within the context of the recognizable human occasions and questions which flooring them. The essays are written in a vibrant, humane, and obtainable variety which may still allure a extensive readership, either inside and out the tutorial self-discipline of philosophy.

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