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Beyond the Limits of Thought


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Preface Introduction The limits of thought in pre-Kantian philosophy1: The limits of expression 2: The limits of iteration 3: The limits of cognition 4: The limits of conception The limits of thought in Kant and Hegel5: Noumena and the categories 6: Kant's antinomies 7: Hegel's infinities Limits and the paradoxes of self-reference8: Absolute infinity 9: Vicious circles 10: Parameterization 11: Sets and classes Language and its limits12: The unity of thought 13: Translation, reference, and truth 14: Consciousness, rules, and differance Post terminum15: Heidegger and the grammar of being 16: Nagarjuna and the limits of thought 17: Further reflections Bibliography; Index

About the Author

Graham Priest is Boyce Gibson Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, and also Arche Professorial Fellow at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of In Contradiction (1987), Introduction to Non-Classical Logic (2001), and the editor of several collections on logic and related subjects. He is also the author of a successful book on Logic in the Very Short Introduction series.


`Review from previous edition This book is a splendid tour de force, one which should be read by every philosopher...' Alan Weir, Philosophical Quarterly `clever, resourceful, undogmatic, unpretentious, often sensible and usually clear over a wide range of issues' Timothy Williamson, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science `highly entertaining and provocative... an engaging and instructive tour through some of the most perplexing features of our own conceptual finitude...' A. W. Moore, Times Literary Supplement `Graham Priest combines a deep philosophical appreciation of fundamental logical issues with a marvelously informed reading of both the history of philosophy and contemporary texts. His work is ambitious and insightful... The book is an ambitious attempt to do important philosophical work across major borders - borders of the formal and philosophical, the historical and the contemporary, the Analytical and the Continental traditions. In [this] regard it is a resounding success.' Patrick Grim, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research

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