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The Rediscovery of Common Sense Philosophy Hardcover – 27 Jun 2007
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'According to common sense, we human beings can reliably perceive physical objects; we can acquire true beliefs (and sometimes knowledge) about the external world; we can act in the world on the basis of our desires and beliefs; we are sometimes responsible for what we do because we have free will; certain things are good or bad, and certain acts are right or wrong, and these are facts which do not depend on our attitudes or beliefs and facts about which we can be correct or mistaken. These doctrines have been relentlessly attacked by legions of philosophers from ancient times to the present. In the tradition of Aristotle, Thomas Reid, and G. E. Moore, Stephen Boulter mounts a formidable defense of commonsense philosophy, drawing on rigorous philosophical argument and recent scientific research, including evolutionary biology and psychology. ' - Fred D. Miller, Jr., Bowling Green State University
This book is a defence of the philosophy of common sense broadly in the spirit of Thomas Reid and G.E. Moore. It breaks new ground by drawing on the work of Aristotle, contemporary evolutionary biology and psychology, and historical studies on the origins of early modern philosophy. Part One offers new answers to the questions: What counts as a common sense belief? Why should common sense beliefs be considered default positions? And why is it that philosophers so frequently end up denying what we all know to be true? Part Two defends common sense beliefs from specific challenges from prominent philosophers on topics from metaphysics to ethics.See all Product description
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Great Case for Common Sense Philosophy
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An interesting read that makes the case for common sense philosophy as the correct default position which other philosophers must refute. Boulter begins with a description of what he believes to be the philosophical enterprise, which is essentially an attempt to resolve tensions created by apparent paradoxes. An example would be the skeptical notion of how we view cause and effect. Boulter lists the areas where common sense philosophy applies and where it can't, which creates a neat demarcation between philosophical and theological subjects. He takes a number of subjects and first presents the case for why the common sense position is correct, followed by how other philosophers may challenge it, then concluding with evidence on how those challenges can be refuted and the common sense position can prevail. He looks at, for example, freedom and responsibility and the existence of moral facts. For the most part, the book is accessible to the layperson who has previously studied these areas, but there are a couple of chapters that require a lot more knowledge of philosophical terms and concepts. My one major objection is that Boulter relies on evolutionary psychology as the main foundation of why common sense views are correct and persevere. I just cannot see how something like thought could have evolved in the way described in the manner that evolution is supposed to take place. In biological evolution, succeeding changes are almost imperceptible and take place over millions of years. How can conceptualizing evolve at the margins over millions of years?