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Philosophy and Human Affairs

Kwame Gyekye

in Tradition and Modernity

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780195112252
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853069 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112252.003.0001
Philosophy and Human Affairs

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Philosophy is a discipline that puts forward fundamental inquiries — without necessarily addressing them — about the experience of human beings. In view of this, the author states that his interest in providing philosophical reflections concerning human affairs is grounded on the significant place of the intellectual enterprise in the understanding of the most complex systems and structures of life. A large portion of this section is devoted to the development of philosophical thought in Western societies and customs, where theoretical background and tangible historical evidences can be extracted. To distinguish relevant information and to dissect human activities, “essential universalism” and “contingent universalism” are defined distinctively. This endeavor aims to establish the significance of the efforts to question the world, its components and purpose with the limited discernment of humans and their undertakings.

Keywords: philosophical thought; Western societies; human beings; experience; Western customs; essential universalism; contingent universalism

Chapter.  16336 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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