All Talked Out : Naturalism and the Future of Philosophy
(The Romanell Lectures)
Trout, J. D.
Oxford Univ Pr 2018/01
165 p. 17 cm
Choice Reviews 2018 November
J.D. Trout exemplifies the power of science in the hands of a philosopher, and the result is a timely and urgent argument about the future of philosophy. Based on his 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Romanell Lectures, Trout here presents a novel and positive view of intellectual advancements with respect to traditional topics in philosophy, and explains why these achievements occurred despite the archaic and often retrograde influence of philosophical doctrine and method.
All Talked Out is an exercise in applied philosophy. It is a study of what the examination of knowledge, explanation, and well-being would look like if freed from the peculiar tools and outlook of modern philosophy and handed over to scientists - or scientifically-trained philosophers - who had a reflective aim.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction: The Shape of Evidence-Based Epistemology Where We Are: An Overview Naturalism as a Hypothesis How Did We Get Here? A Better Alternative: Strategic Reliabilism? Ameliorative Psychology and Better Reasoning Conclusion Chapter 2: Good Reasoning and Evidence-Based Epistemology The Limits of Reasoning Standard Analytic Epistemology and Professional Philosophy The Failure of Constructive Philosophy The Department of Things I Find Really Cool to Think About Strategic Reliabilism: Philosophy as Coach Conclusion Chapter 3: The Natural Limits of Explanation Owning up to Human Limitations The Delicate Feeling of Explaining Understanding and the "Aha!" Moment The Romanticized View of Insight Creepy Truths and Estrangement: Fluency, Narrative Coherence and Explanation Conclusion Chapter 4: Taking People as We Find Them: Philosophy and Evidence--Based Policy Introduction Do Inheritors Deserve their Bequests? Inheritance and the Luck Subsidy The Science of Happiness and a Utilitarian Argument for Redistribution A Modest Proposal: Getting Rid of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Outside Strategies and the Dangers of Complicated Rules: The Index of Honesty Conclusion