Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999. First Edition. First Printing. Hardcover. Used - Good/ Very Good. Quarter-bound cream paperboards with silver lettering to black cloth spine. Publisher's insignia blindstamped on front board. Small dent to bottom edge of front board. Foxing to boards, pastedowns, preliminary pages and edges. Slightly toned. Prior owner's inscription in ink on title page. Ink underlining to first few pages, otherwise clean and unmarked. Binding is tight and square. Index. 15.5 x 23 cm. 170 pp. / Gopd/ Very Good. Some edgewear and scuffing. Interior is foxed. Item #12359
Ludwig Wittgenstein established a "cool" stance for philosophy, contemplating the world without meddling in it. D. Z. Phillips explores this position, focusing on its implications for philosophical authorship and the philosophical investigation of the nature of reality.
Influenced by the views of Wittgenstein and his pupil Rush Rhees, Phillips―who is one of Rhees's own students―first contrasts Wittgenstein's methods with Kierkegaard's religiously oriented dialectic. He describes the difficulty in sustaining a contemplative view of philosophy and discusses efforts to go beyond it in the work of Richard Rorty, Stanley Cavell, Annette Baier, and Martha Nussbaum, who, in different ways, propose to make philosophy a guide to living.
A provocative and challenging work, Philosophy's Cool Place is one of the few books that addresses the discipline as an enterprise and explores its relation to moral values, religious belief, and the nature of Reality. By advancing the cause of neutrality, it will stimulate debate and foster discussion of what philosophy is to become in the postmodern era.