Art and philosophy

Robert B. Pippin’s secular puritan vitalism
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November 2021, no. 437
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Philosophy by Other Means: The arts in philosophy and philosophy in the arts by Robert B. Pippin

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Art and philosophy

Robert B. Pippin’s secular puritan vitalism
by
November 2021, no. 437

About as eminent an academic philosopher as they come these days, Robert B. Pippin made his reputation with a sequence of brilliant studies rehabilitating the great names of German Idealism – Immanuel Kant, G.W.F. Hegel – for a (mainly) baby boomer American audience. In the wake of the path-breaking interventions of Wilfrid Sellars and Richard Rorty, Pippin, alongside such colleagues as Terry Pinkard, Robert Brandom, and John McDowell, has argued for a version of the essentially dialogic nature of all philosophy, which seeks to bring together metalogical ratiocinations and nitty-gritty semantic theories with reflections on the diversity of social interactions.

Justin Clemens reviews 'Philosophy by Other Means: The arts in philosophy and philosophy in the arts' by Robert B. Pippin

Philosophy by Other Means: The arts in philosophy and philosophy in the arts

by Robert B. Pippin

University of Chicago Press, US$30 pb, 275 pp

Buy this book

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Comment (1)

  • "Hence tragedy threatens philosophy with the terror of absolute unintelligibility."

    Nicely stated! Who can help but be tantalised by the persistent idea that answers to our problems may be found in philosophy and, if all else fails, the arts. And now here in this text, as a measure of our despair, by combining the two.

    The more mundane truth that the answers are to be found in the hard pedestrian grind of politics and campaigning and defending goodness at every opportunity is alas less appealing and makes for dry reading.
    Posted by Patrick Hockey
    18 November 2021

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