While philosophers from Plato to Kant and beyond have discussed the mission and methodology of philosophy, this area of deliberation has only recently been acknowledged as a distinctive branch of philosophy as such, duly entitled metaphilosophy. There are, as yet, very few books on the subject so that the present volume joins a rather select group. Professor Rescher has published in the field for some thirty years and this book gathers together a representative sampling of his contributions. Taken together, these pieces convey an instructive overview of the field, as well as vividly conveying their author's take on the key issues that constitute its problem domain.
Table of Contents
Holistic Explanation and the Idea of a Grand Unified Theory; On First Principles and their Legitimation; On Philosophical Systemisation (Aporetic Method and the Hegelian Vision); The Price of an Ultimate Theory; Philosophical Methodology; The Fallacy of Respect Neglect; Philosophical Disagreement: An Essay Towards Orientational Pluralism in Metaphilosophy; Is Philosophy a Guide to Life? (On the Problematic Nature of "Applied Philosophy"); Philosophical Principles; The Interpretation of Philosophical Texts; Referential Analysis in Philosophy.