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Philosophical Progress: In Defence of a Reasonable Optimism

Daniel Stoljar


Can there be progress in philosophy? On the one hand, it is often thought that problems in philosophy, in contrast to those in science, are perennials for which it is pointless to expect a solution. On the other hand, professional philosophy seems to have organized itself, perhaps unconsciously, around the opposite view: how else to explain the panoply of books, papers, journals, conferences, graduate programmes, websites, etc.? Who is right? And what turns on who is right? This book defends a reasonable optimism about philosophical progress. Optimistic, because the author argues that, contrar ... More

Keywords: philosophy, progress, science, pessimism, optimism, philosophy of mind, epistemology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198802099
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198802099.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Stoljar, author
Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University