A Philosophical Life

A Philosophical Life

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Socrates said that true philosophy could not be written down because it dies, lying sterile and static on the page. True philosophy takes place in conversation. Twentieth-century academic philosophy strays very much from this ancient insight and admonition and survives mainly through the journals, essays, books, and other written materials scrutinized by student and colleague alike. William C. Gentry was both an academic philosopher, perfectly willing to engage in the philosophical qconversationsq of the written word and, more importantly, a true philosopher, in the Platonic and Socratic style. Engaging with those around him in discourse, in live conversations, which are the vehicle of actual philosophical inquiry and discovery. These essays are the product of those conversations. Gentry's thoughts consisted of investigations into the deepest and most profound questions of human nature, ethics, and knowledge. This volume is a tribute to his role as both a teacher and philosopher. As a teacher, friend, and colleague, Gentry was the epitome of the philosopher: questioning, exploring, critiquing, discovering. Book jacket.Philosophy has to have meaning; it has to have an effect on the real life questions and problems that perplex young and old. His last great essay, aquot;The Morality of using a#39;Surplusa#39; Embryos in Stem-Cell Research, aquot; is a perfect example of theanbsp;...

Title:A Philosophical Life
Author:William C. Gentry (Prof.), Kevin K. J. Durand
Publisher:University Press of America - 2008


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