Reflections on Human Inquiry: Science, Philosophy, and Common Life

Author:   Nirmalangshu Mukherji
Publisher:   Springer Verlag, Singapore
Edition:   Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
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9789811353789


Pages:   203
Publication Date:   12 December 2018
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This original volume examines forms and limits of human inquiry from a largely sceptical point of view. Human beings are endowed with cognitive agency. Our grasp of the world, and of ourselves, are not merely responses to external stimuli; they are reflective products of human inquiry. At one point in human history it was thought that modern science, especially theoretical physics, is the paradigm of human inquiry. Where does this form of inquiry significantly apply? Are there limits on its claims of truth and objectivity? How much of the vast canvas of human experience does it cover? Where do other forms of inquiry, such as philosophy, religion, and the arts, attain their salience? With the emergence of the scientific study of the human mind itself, these critical questions have taken a more intriguing form in recent decades. Can human inquiry investigate its own nature? Can the scientific theory of language explain the richness of human expression? Can a science of the mind account for human experience? These probing questions on the scientific enterprise are usually addressed from the outside, as it were, by humanists and critical theorists. In these essays, they are examined from the inside by a philosopher whose primary academic work concerns the study of the human, linguistic mind. In that sense, the sceptical inquiry turns on itself.

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Author:   Nirmalangshu Mukherji
Publisher:   Springer Verlag, Singapore
Imprint:   Springer Verlag, Singapore
Edition:   Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
Weight:   0.343kg
ISBN:  

9789811353789


ISBN 10:   9811353786
Pages:   203
Publication Date:   12 December 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to Reflective Pluralism.- Chapter 2. Human Reality.- Chapter 3. Science and the Mind.- Chapter 4. Theories and Shifting Domains.- Chapter 5. The Sceptic and the Cognitivist.- Chapter 6. From Things to Needs.- Chapter 7. Yearning for Consciousness.- Chapter 8. Ascription of Knowledge.- Chapter 9. Beliefs and Believers.- Chapter 10. Varieties of Interpretation. Chapter 11. Literature and Common Life.- Chapter 12. Education for the Species.

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Nirmalangshu Mukherji is a former Professor of Philosophy at the University of Delhi. He is the National Visiting Professor for Indian Council of Philosophical Research (2015-16). His primary academic interest is the study of language and mind. His publications in this broad area include The Cartesian Mind: Reflections on Language and Music (2000) and The Primacy of Grammar (MIT, 2010). He also co-edited Noam Chomsky's The Architecture of Language (OUP, 2000). Professor Mukherji is also professionally interested in the nature of human inquiry, including the character of philosophical practice. Some of his work in this area is collected in the present book. He is actively engaged with issues of peace, justice and human rights. Apart from many dozens of articles, he has two books: December 13: Terror over Democracy (Bibliophile South Asia, 2005) and Maoists in India: Tribals under Siege (Pluto 2012, Amaryllis 2013).

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