pickabook books with huge discounts for everyone pickabook books with huge discounts for everyone
     
Email: Subscribe to news & offers:
Need assistance? Log In/Register


Item Details
Title: THE MEASURE OF THINGS
HUMANISM, HUMILITY, AND MYSTERY
By: David E. Cooper
Format: Paperback

List price: £45.99
Our price: £40.24
Discount:
12.5% off
You save: £5.75
ISBN 10: 0199235988
ISBN 13: 9780199235988
Availability: Usually dispatched within 1-3 weeks.
 Delivery rates
Stock: Currently 0 available
Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Pub. date: 27 December, 2007
Pages: 384
Description: David Cooper explores and defends the view that a reality independent of human perspectives is necessarily indescribable, a 'mystery'. Other views are shown to be incompatible with our human condition. Cooper restores to philosophy a proper appreciation of mystery - that is what provides a measure of our beliefs and conduct.
Synopsis: Philosophers, both western and eastern, have long been divided between 'humanists', for whom 'man is the measure of things', and their opponents, who claim that there is a way, in principle knowable and describable, that the world anyway is, independent of human perspectives and interests. The early chapters of The Measure of Things chart the development of humanism from medieval times, through the Renaissance, Enlightenment and Romantic periods, to its most sophisticated, twentieth-century form, 'existential humanism'. Cooper does not identify this final position with that of any particular philosopher, though it is closely related to those of Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and the later Wittgenstein. Among the earlier figures discussed are William of Ockham, Kant, Herder, Nietzsche and William James. Having rejected attempts by contemporary advocates of modest or non-metaphysical realism to dissolve the opposition between humanism and its 'absolutist' rival, Cooper moves on to an adjudication of that rivality.Prompted by the pervasive rhetoric of hubris that the rivals direct against one another, he argues, in an original manner, that the rival positions are indeed guilty of lack of humility. Absolutists - whether defenders of 'The Given' or scientific realists - exaggerate our capacity to ascend out of our 'engaged' perspectives to an objective account of the world. Humanists, conversely, exaggerate our capacity to live without a sense of our subjection to a measure independent of our own perspectives. The only escape, Cooper maintains, from the impasse reached when humanism and absolutism are both rejected, lies in a doctrine of mystery. There is a reality independent of 'the human contribution', but it is necessarily ineffable. Drawing in a novel way upon the Buddhist conception of 'emptiness' and Heidegger's later writings, the final chapters defend the notion of mystery, distinguish the doctrine advanced from that of transcendental idealism, and propose that it is only through appreciation of mystery that measure and warrant may be provided for our beliefs and conduct.
Publication: UK
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Returns: Returnable
Some other items by this author:
A COMPANION TO AESTHETICS (PB)
A PHILOSOPHY OF GARDENS (HB)
A PHILOSOPHY OF GARDENS (PB)
AESTHETICS (HB)
AESTHETICS (PB)
AESTHETICS (PB)
AN INTRODUCTION TO MADHVA VEDANTA (PB)
AN INTRODUCTION TO YOGA PHILOSOPHY (HB)
ANIMALS AND MISANTHROPY (HB)
ANIMALS AND MISANTHROPY (PB)
BUDDHISM AS PHILOSOPHY (PB)
BUDDHISM, KNOWLEDGE AND LIBERATION (HB)
BUDDHISM, VIRTUE AND ENVIRONMENT (PB)
BUDDHIST INCLUSIVISM (HB)
COMPARATIVE APPROACHES TO CHINESE PHILOSOPHY (PB)
CONVERGENCE WITH NATURE
CONVERGENCE WITH NATURE
CONVERGENCE WITH NATURE (PB)
ENVIRONMENT IN QUESTION
ENVIRONMENT IN QUESTION
ENVIRONMENT IN QUESTION
ENVIRONMENT IN QUESTION
EPISTEMOLOGY (HB)
EPISTEMOLOGY (PB)
ETHICS (PB)
ETHICS FOR PROFESSIONALS IN A MULTICULTURAL WORLD (PB)
EXISTENTIALISM (HB)
EXISTENTIALISM (PB)
FIFTY KEY THINKERS ON THE ENVIRONMENT
FIFTY KEY THINKERS ON THE ENVIRONMENT
FIFTY KEY THINKERS ON THE ENVIRONMENT
FIFTY KEY THINKERS ON THE ENVIRONMENT
FIFTY KEY THINKERS ON THE ENVIRONMENT (HB)
FIFTY KEY THINKERS ON THE ENVIRONMENT (PB)
FIFTY MAJOR THINKERS ON EDUCATION
FIFTY MAJOR THINKERS ON EDUCATION
FIFTY MAJOR THINKERS ON EDUCATION
FIFTY MAJOR THINKERS ON EDUCATION
FIFTY MAJOR THINKERS ON EDUCATION (HB)
FIFTY MAJOR THINKERS ON EDUCATION (PB)
FIFTY MODERN THINKERS ON EDUCATION
FIFTY MODERN THINKERS ON EDUCATION
FIFTY MODERN THINKERS ON EDUCATION
FIFTY MODERN THINKERS ON EDUCATION
FIFTY MODERN THINKERS ON EDUCATION (HB)
FIFTY MODERN THINKERS ON EDUCATION (PB)
GARDENING
GARDENING (PB)
GARDENING - PHILOSOPHY FOR EVERYONE
GARDENING - PHILOSOPHY FOR EVERYONE
HEIDEGGER (PB)
JUST ENVIRONMENTS
JUST ENVIRONMENTS
JUST ENVIRONMENTS
JUST ENVIRONMENTS
JUST ENVIRONMENTS (HB)
JUST ENVIRONMENTS (PB)
KEY THINKERS ON THE ENVIRONMENT (HB)
KEY THINKERS ON THE ENVIRONMENT (PB)
LEARNING FROM CHINESE PHILOSOPHIES
LEARNING FROM CHINESE PHILOSOPHIES
LEARNING FROM CHINESE PHILOSOPHIES (HB)
MEANING
MEANING
MEANING
MEANING (HB)
MEANING (PB)
MENCIUS, HUME AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF ETHICS (HB)
METAPHYSICS (HB)
METAPHYSICS (PB)
MULLA SADRA'S TRANSCENDENT PHILOSOPHY
MULLA SADRA'S TRANSCENDENT PHILOSOPHY
MULLA SADRA'S TRANSCENDENT PHILOSOPHY (HB)
PERSONAL IDENTITY AND BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY
PERSONAL IDENTITY AND BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY
PERSONAL IDENTITY AND BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY (HB)
PERSONAL IDENTITY AND BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY (HB)
PERSONAL IDENTITY AND BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY (PB)
PHILOSOPHY (HB)
PHILOSOPHY (PB)
PHILOSOPHY AND THE NATURE OF LANGUAGE (HB)
PRESUPPOSITION (HB)
SENSES OF MYSTERY (HB)
SENSES OF MYSTERY (PB)
SPIRIT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
SPIRIT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
SPIRIT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
SPIRIT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
SPIRIT OF THE ENVIRONMENT (HB)
SPIRIT OF THE ENVIRONMENT (PB)
SUNLIGHT ON THE SEA (PB)
THE ENVIRONMENT IN QUESTION (PB)
THE MEASURE OF THINGS (HB)
THE PHILOSOPHY OF RABINDRANATH TAGORE
THE PHILOSOPHY OF RABINDRANATH TAGORE
THE PHILOSOPHY OF RABINDRANATH TAGORE (HB)
WISDOM IN EARLY CONFUCIAN AND ISRAELITE TRADITIONS
WISDOM IN EARLY CONFUCIAN AND ISRAELITE TRADITIONS
WISDOM IN EARLY CONFUCIAN AND ISRAELITE TRADITIONS (HB)
WORLD PHILOSOPHIES
WORLD PHILOSOPHIES (HB)
WORLD PHILOSOPHIES (PB)
ZEN BUDDHISM AND ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS (PB)
ZHUANGZI AND EARLY CHINESE PHILOSOPHY (HB)

TOP SELLERS IN THIS CATEGORY
Oxford A Level Religious Studies for OCR: Year 2 Student Book (Paperback)
By: Libby Ahluwalia, Robert Bowie
Oxford University Press
Our Price : £22.67
more details
The God Delusion (Paperback)
By: Richard Dawkins
Transworld Publishers Ltd
Our Price : £7.29
more details
Beyond Good and Evil (Hardback)
By: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Michael Tanner
Penguin Books Ltd
Our Price : £7.30
more details
The Sickness Unto Death (Paperback)
By: Soren Kierkegaard, Alastair Hannay (Trans)
Penguin Books Ltd
Our Price : £6.56
more details
An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (Paperback)
By: David Hume, Peter Millican (Editor)
Oxford University Press
Our Price : £6.56
more details
BROWSE FOR BOOKS IN RELATED CATEGORIES
 HUMANITIES
 religion & beliefs
 religion: general
 philosophy of religion


Information provided by www.pickabook.co.uk
SHOPPING BASKET
  
Your basket is empty
  Total Items: 0
 

40% off Oxford University Press Dictionaries
Oxford English Dictionary for Schools
By: OXFORD DICTIONARIES
The Oxford English Dictionary for Schools is carefully targeted to support secondary school students with their independent reference skills, to improve their spelling, punctuation, and grammar, and to build vocabulary. Ideal support for Controlled Assessments.
add to basket

New Title
HEAD KID
By: DAVID BADDIEL
From the million-copy bestselling author of THE PARENT AGENCY and BIRTHDAY BOY comes a wildly entertaining wish-fulfilment adventure that asks the question: what would happen if the strictest head teacher swapped bodies with the naughtiest kid in school? Strictest head naughtiest boy = chaos. Bracket Wood is about to be visited by the school inspectors. But there's one big problem: Ryan Ward. The maestro of practical jokes, Ryan has played so many tricks that in the end the Head Teacher just walks out. And then the new Head Teacher, Mr Carter, arrives. A man so strict even the teachers are scared of him. So imagine his surprise - and Ryan's - when they swap bodies. Now Ryan is Head Teacher - and his mortal enemy is one of his pupils.
add to basket

Oxford Textbook Promotion
Oxford AQA GCSE History: Conflict and Tension between East a...
By: TIM WILLIAMS, J. A. CLOAKE, AARON WILKES
This Student Book is written specifically to match the new 2016 AQA GCSE History specification, and is developed by Aaron Wilkes, an experienced Head of History, and Jon Cloake, an author with examining experience. Features such as Sources, Practice Questions and Study Tips help students prepare for the new AQA exams.
add to basket

New Title
Murderer''s Ape
By: JAKOB WEGELIUS
Sally Jones is not only a loyal friend, she's an extraordinary individual. In overalls or in a maharaja's turban, this unique gorilla moves among humans without speaking but understanding everything. She and the Chief are devoted comrades who operate a cargo boat. A job they are offered pays big bucks, but the deal ends badly, and the Chief is falsely convicted of murder. For Sally Jones this is the start of a harrowing quest for survival and to clear the Chief's name. Powerful forces are working against her, and they will do anything to protect their secrets
add to basket

Up to 35% off New Titles
Frost
By: HOLLY WEBB
Cassie loves the fox cubs who live near her flat - especially little Frost. One snowy night she sneaks out to feed him and ends up following him down to the frozen Thames. But as she reaches the river she finds herself back at the time of the famous Frost Fair.
add to basket

35% off Bond
Bond SATs Skills: English Test Papers for SATs practice
By: MICHELLEJOY HUGHES
This Bond SATs Skills English Practice Test Paper Pack has been created by Bond to prepare children for National Curriculum Key Stage 2 SATs assessments at the end of Year 6 in primary school. It includes two full sets of English tests, including all of the papers children will sit as part of their English assessment.
add to basket

New Title
HEAD KID
By: DAVID BADDIEL
From the million-copy bestselling author of THE PARENT AGENCY and BIRTHDAY BOY comes a wildly entertaining wish-fulfilment adventure that asks the question: what would happen if the strictest head teacher swapped bodies with the naughtiest kid in school? Strictest head naughtiest boy = chaos. Bracket Wood is about to be visited by the school inspectors. But there's one big problem: Ryan Ward. The maestro of practical jokes, Ryan has played so many tricks that in the end the Head Teacher just walks out. And then the new Head Teacher, Mr Carter, arrives. A man so strict even the teachers are scared of him. So imagine his surprise - and Ryan's - when they swap bodies. Now Ryan is Head Teacher - and his mortal enemy is one of his pupils.
add to basket

35% off Promotional Titles
A PLACE CALLED PERFECT
By: HELENA DUGGAN
Having uncovered the secrets that lay behind the spookily pristine town of Perfect, Violet and the townsfolk are enjoying their new freedom from the maniacal rule of the evil Archer twins. But have they really seen the last of Edward Archer? Why is Boy acting strangely? And who is masterminding a scary zombie army? Another quirky, creepy and unforgettable adventure, perfect for fans of Roald Dahl, Neil Gaiman and Tim Burton.
add to basket

New Title
History of the World in 21 Women
By: JENNI MURRAY
The inimitable Jenni Murray celebrates great women from around the world - rescuing some from obscurity and shining a new light on familiar names
add to basket