Soviet Philosophy : Past and Prospects

Soviet Philosophy : Past and Prospects MARK H. TEETER (Washington, D.C., U.S.A.) SOVIET PHILOSOPHY : PAST AND PROSPECTS* Philosophy as a term and concept remains elusive. While it is widely recognized that the word itself has long since outgrown its ancestry-the ancient Greek philosophia is commonly rendered "love of wisdom"-no broad consensus has been reached (or is likely to be) as to the form and func- tion of philosophy tout courts. . One aspect of the continuing disagreement over the nature of the disci- pline may be amply illustrated by two citations. Describing philosophy in 1977 for The Harper Dictionary of Modern Thought, British philosopher Anthony Quinton, president-elect of Trinity College, Oxford, called it A term that cannot be uncontroversially defined in a single formula, used to cover a wide variety of intellectual undertakings all of which combine a high degree of generality with more or less exclusive reliance on reasoning rather than observation and experience to justify their claims. ... If a single short formula is insisted on, the least objectionable is that philosophy is thought about thought.2 *This is a revised version of the introduction to a chapter listing and describing Soviet philosophy institutes compilcd for the Kennan Institute's three-volume report on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Soviet and Post Soviet Review Brill

Soviet Philosophy : Past and Prospects

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BRILL
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© 1984 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1075-1262
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1876-3324
D.O.I.
10.1163/187633284X00026
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MARK H. TEETER (Washington, D.C., U.S.A.) SOVIET PHILOSOPHY : PAST AND PROSPECTS* Philosophy as a term and concept remains elusive. While it is widely recognized that the word itself has long since outgrown its ancestry-the ancient Greek philosophia is commonly rendered "love of wisdom"-no broad consensus has been reached (or is likely to be) as to the form and func- tion of philosophy tout courts. . One aspect of the continuing disagreement over the nature of the disci- pline may be amply illustrated by two citations. Describing philosophy in 1977 for The Harper Dictionary of Modern Thought, British philosopher Anthony Quinton, president-elect of Trinity College, Oxford, called it A term that cannot be uncontroversially defined in a single formula, used to cover a wide variety of intellectual undertakings all of which combine a high degree of generality with more or less exclusive reliance on reasoning rather than observation and experience to justify their claims. ... If a single short formula is insisted on, the least objectionable is that philosophy is thought about thought.2 *This is a revised version of the introduction to a chapter listing and describing Soviet philosophy institutes compilcd for the Kennan Institute's three-volume report on

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The Soviet and Post Soviet ReviewBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1984

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