Against the Idols of the Age

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Transaction Publishers - Philosophy - 347 pages
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Little known outside his native Australia, David Stove was one of the most illuminating and brilliant philosophical essayists of the postwar era. A fearless attacker of intellectual and cultural orthodoxies, Stove left powerful critiques of scientific irrationalism, Darwinian theories of human behavior, and philosophical idealism. Stove's writing is both rigorous and immensely readable. It is, in the words of Roger Kimball, "an invigorating blend of analytic lucidity, mordant humor, and an amount of common sense too great to be called 'common.'" Whether the subject is race, feminism, the Enlightenment, or the demand for "non-coercive philosophy," Stove is on the mark with a battery of impressive arguments expressed in sharp, uncompromising prose. "Against the Idols of the Age" concludes with a generous sampling of his blistering attacks on Darwinism.
 

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As it turned out, reading "Against the Idols of the Age," an anthology of Stove's work, was a good decision. I received inspiration not because the book reassured me, as in "don't worry, everything ... Read full review

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Contents

The Jazz Age in the Philosophy of Science
3
Sabotaging Logical Expressions
33
Paralytic Epistemology Or The Soundless Scream
71
The Central Claim of the Enlightenment
81
Always apologize always explain Robert Nozicks War Wounds
93
The Intellectual Capacity of Women
113
Racial and Other Antagonisms
137
A Victorian Horrorstory Part Two
153
Darwinisms Dilemma
205
Where Darwin First Went Wrong About Man
225
Genetic Calvinism or Demons and Dawkins
253
He Aint Heavy Hes my Brother or Altruism and Shared Genes
283
Index
339
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