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Possibility, necessity, and existence : Abbagnano and his predecessors, Nino Langiulli

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Possibility, necessity, and existence : Abbagnano and his predecessors
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Possibility, necessity, and existence
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Abbagnano and his predecessors
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Nino Langiulli
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eng
Summary
In this systematic historical analysis, Nino Langiulli focuses on a key philosophical issue, possibility, as it is refracted through the thought of the Italian philosopher Nicola Abbagnano. The problem of possibility has been a central theme in the history of philosophy and is of fundamental importance to present-day thought. In his critical introduction to the essentials of Abbagnano's thought, Langiulli examines Abbagnano's attempt to raise possibility to a level of prime importance and investigates his understanding of existence. Langiulli offers a sustained exposition of and argument with the account of possibility in the major thinkers of the Western tradition--Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Kierkegaard. He also makes pertinent comments on such philosophers as Diodorus Cronus, William of Ockham, Spinoza, Hobbes, and Hegel, as well as such logicians as De Morgan and Boole. Nicola Abbagnano, who died in 1990, recently came to the attention of the general public as an influential teacher of the author Umberto Eco. Creator of a dictionary of philosophy and author of a multiple-volume history of Western philosophy, Abbagnano was the only philosopher, according to Langiulli, to argue that "to be is to be possible." Abbagnano's boldness and originality consist in connecting explicitly and essentially the concepts of possibility and existence. Even though the concept of probability and the discipline of statistics are grounded in the concept of possibility, philosophers throughout history have grappled with the problem of defining it. Possibility has been viewed by some as an empty concept, devoid of reality, and by others as reducible to actuality or necessity--concepts that are opposite to it. Existentialists, for example, want to define human existence in terms of possibility, yet they go on to describe it in terms of impossibility or necessity. Langiulli analyzes and debates Abbagnano's treatment of necessity as secondary to possibility, and he addresses the philosopher's conversation with his predecessors as well as his European and American contemporaries
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Langiulli, Nino
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Themes in the history of philosophy
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  • Abbagnano, Nicola
  • Abbagnano, Nicola
  • Abbagnano, Nicola
  • Possibility
  • Necessity (Philosophy)
  • Ontology
  • Existentialism
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • Existentialism
  • Necessity (Philosophy)
  • Ontology
  • Possibility
  • Philosophie
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Possibility, necessity, and existence : Abbagnano and his predecessors, Nino Langiulli
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-202) and index
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Contents
Preface; Acknowledgments; Part I: From a Positive Existentialism to a Radical Empiricism; Chapter 1: The Backgrounds of and Initial Efforts Toward a Pure Conception of Possibility; Chapter 2: Abbagnano's Systematic Thought: The Four Phases; Chapter 3: The Program of a Positive Existentialism; Part II: Sources for the Concept of Possibility; Chapter 4: Plato; Chapter 5: Aristotle; Chapter 6: Kant; Chapter 7: Kierkegaard; Part III: Possibility and Existence; Chapter 8: The Different Senses of Possibility; Chapter 9: The First Definition: Possibility as Noncontradiction
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9781439904084
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(OCoLC)646066457
Label
Possibility, necessity, and existence : Abbagnano and his predecessors, Nino Langiulli
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-202) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface; Acknowledgments; Part I: From a Positive Existentialism to a Radical Empiricism; Chapter 1: The Backgrounds of and Initial Efforts Toward a Pure Conception of Possibility; Chapter 2: Abbagnano's Systematic Thought: The Four Phases; Chapter 3: The Program of a Positive Existentialism; Part II: Sources for the Concept of Possibility; Chapter 4: Plato; Chapter 5: Aristotle; Chapter 6: Kant; Chapter 7: Kierkegaard; Part III: Possibility and Existence; Chapter 8: The Different Senses of Possibility; Chapter 9: The First Definition: Possibility as Noncontradiction
Control code
ocn646066457
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 205 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781439904084
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt13zxb61
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)646066457

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