Reality and Its Appearance (Continuum Studies in American Philosophy #8) (Hardcover)

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In Reality and Its Appearance, Nicholas Rescher aims to address the conceptual and analytical question: how does the concept of reality function and how should we think with regard to the issue of reality's relations to appearances? Rescher argues that the distinction between reality and its appearance is not a substantive distinction between two types of being, but rather relates to different ways of understanding one selfsame mode of being.
The book proposes that while realism is a sensible and tenable position, nevertheless there is something to be said for idealism as well. In the cognitive as in the moral life, perfection is beyond our human grasp and we have no choice but to rest content with the best that we can manage to achieve in practice. This perspective shifts the approach from a cognitive absolutism to a pragmatism that is prepared to come to terms with the limitations inherent in our situations. On this basis Rescher defends a substantive realism that itself rests on a justificatory rationale of a decidedly pragmatic orientation.

About the Author

Nicholas Rescher is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He has served as President of the American Philosophical Association, the American Catholic Philosophy Association, the American G.W. Leibniz Society, the C.S. Peirce Society and the American Metaphysical Society. He was the founding editor of the American Philosophical Quarterly. He has been elected to membership in the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada, and the Institut International de Philosophie, and has been awarded fellowships by the Ford, Guggenheim and National Science Foundations. Author of over 100 books ranging across many areas of philosophy, he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt prize for Humanistic Scholarship in 1984, the Belgian Prix Mercier in 2005, and the Aquinas Medal of the American Catholic Philosophical Association in 2007.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781441156297
ISBN-10: 1441156291
Publisher: Continnuum-3PL
Publication Date: April 11th, 2010
Pages: 140
Language: English
Series: Continuum Studies in American Philosophy