Essays by Lewis White Beck

Essays by Lewis White Beck

Five Decades as a Philosopher

Edited by Predrag Cicovacki


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University of Rochester Press



A comprehensive collection of essays by the philosopher Lewis White Beck.
During his life Lewis W. Beck published two books of his essays which deal almost exclusively with different aspects of Kant's philosophy. He also thought about publishing a collection of his essays not so directly related to Kant but was unable to do so before his death in 1997. This volume brings together those essays--from the earliest to the latest--that reflect the variety of his philosophical interests: epistemology, philosophy of science, ethics, aesthetics, extraterrestrials, and philosophy as literature, as well as a few late essays on Kant. This collection of mostly neglected yet highly original and valuable contributions by Beck to various philosophical disciplines, provides a more rounded and complete picture of Beck's creativity and humanistic orientation. Beck's own account of how he became a philosopher, a complete bibliography of his publications, and a fitting tribute to him by Professor Robert Holmes of the University of Rochester completes the volume.Predrag Cicovacki is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.


January 1999
1 black and white illustrations
224 pages
21.6x13.8 in
ISBN: 9781580460422
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Lewis White Beck as a Philosopher by Predrag Cicovacki
The Synoptic Method
The Formal Properties of Ethical Wholes
The Principal of Parsimony in Empirical Science
Judgements of Meaning in Art
Psychology and the Norms of Knowledge

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