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The Path of Philosophy Today

The Path of Philosophy Today 157 The Path of Philosophy Today Edward G. Ballard. Philosophy at the Crossroads. Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 1971. 305 pages. A great teacher of philosophy tells us that the answer to the question: What is philosophy?, "can only be a philosophizing answer which, as a response, philosophizes in itself." Professor Ballard's Philosophy at the Crossroads meets the criteria established for such an answer. This phflo- sophical work is not merely another book about philosophy nor about the history of philosophy. Rather, it is a work of philosophy itself which calls into question the very nature of the philosophical activity as such. If the question as to the nature of philosophy can only be answered in a philosophizing way, then Philosophy at the Crossroads as such an answer i not only lays bare what constitutes philosophical activity but also recom- mends itself as an instance and illustration of that very activity. The overall project of the work is as follows: first, a definition of philosophy is advanced and articulated in the fashion of a hypothesis; secondly, an at-least implicit understanding of philosophy as so defined is shown to be operative in the thinking of Plato, Descartes, Hume, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

The Path of Philosophy Today

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 3 (1): 157 – Jan 1, 1973

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Brill
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© 1973 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0085-5553
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1569-1640
DOI
10.1163/156916473X00099
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157 The Path of Philosophy Today Edward G. Ballard. Philosophy at the Crossroads. Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 1971. 305 pages. A great teacher of philosophy tells us that the answer to the question: What is philosophy?, "can only be a philosophizing answer which, as a response, philosophizes in itself." Professor Ballard's Philosophy at the Crossroads meets the criteria established for such an answer. This phflo- sophical work is not merely another book about philosophy nor about the history of philosophy. Rather, it is a work of philosophy itself which calls into question the very nature of the philosophical activity as such. If the question as to the nature of philosophy can only be answered in a philosophizing way, then Philosophy at the Crossroads as such an answer i not only lays bare what constitutes philosophical activity but also recom- mends itself as an instance and illustration of that very activity. The overall project of the work is as follows: first, a definition of philosophy is advanced and articulated in the fashion of a hypothesis; secondly, an at-least implicit understanding of philosophy as so defined is shown to be operative in the thinking of Plato, Descartes, Hume,

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1973

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