On the basis of careful textual exegesis and philosophical analysis of Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Mark R. Wheeler offers a groundbreaking interpretation of Aristotle’s theory of truth in terms of measurement. Wheeler demonstrates that Aristotle’s investigation of truth and falsehood in the Metaphysics is rigorously methodical, that Aristotle’s conceptions of truth contribute to the main lines of thought in the treatise, and that the Metaphysics, taken as a whole, contributes fundamentally to Aristotle’s theory of truth. Wheeler provides not only an excellent introduction to the main problems in the theory of truth but also provides contemporary truth theorists with a rigorous explanation of Aristotle’s theory of truth.
“Wheeler’s book constitutes a major contribution to the scholarship on Aristotle’s theory of truth and falsehood. The book offers much in terms of how to read the Metaphysics itself, and Wheeler’s interpretation will strike some as defending a rather controversial and complex thesis centered around the idea that the Metaphysics ought to be read as a more systematically and philosophically unified document with the articulation of a robust theory of truth at the center of the entire work. Wheeler offers much food for thought.” — Blake Hestir, author of Plato on the Metaphysical Foundation of Meaning and Truth
Mark R. Wheeler is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs at San Diego State University. He is the coeditor (with William A. Nericcio) of 150 Years of Evolution: Darwin’s Impact on Contemporary Thought and Culture.
Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking offers seventy-seven of Dennett’s most successful "imagination-extenders and focus-holders" meant to guide you through some of life’s most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, mind, and free will. With patience and wit, Dennett deftly deploys his thinking tools to gain traction on these thorny issues while offering readers insight into how and why each tool was built.
Alongside well-known favorites like Occam’s Razor and reductio ad absurdum lie thrilling descriptions of Dennett’s own creations: Trapped in the Robot Control Room, Beware of the Prime Mammal, and The Wandering Two-Bitser. Ranging across disciplines as diverse as psychology, biology, computer science, and physics, Dennett’s tools embrace in equal measure light-heartedness and accessibility as they welcome uninitiated and seasoned readers alike. As always, his goal remains to teach you how to "think reliably and even gracefully about really hard questions."
A sweeping work of intellectual seriousness that’s also studded with impish delights, Intuition Pumps offers intrepid thinkers—in all walks of life—delicious opportunities to explore their pet ideas with new powers.