Publication Year: 2002
Surrogates introduces an important new philosophic topic: the pervasive ways that things stand for one another in nature and human experience. Going beyond semiotic theory, Paul Weiss interprets surrogacy in terms of metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, and religious dimensions of life, integrating the concept into a systematic way of regarding reality. Just as philosophy brings a systematic set of questions to the issue of surrogate reality, Weiss's investigation of the topic raises new questions for philosophy itself, manifesting his great concern for philosophy's freedom and creativity. The author concludes each chapter with a provocative set of questions and answers that engage imagined critics in a dialogue. Together with his previous book, Emphatics, Surrogates constitutes a richly textured phenomenology of human experience with important ramifications for contemporary pragmatism. The wit and intelligence of this volume are a delight for any reader.
Published by: Indiana University Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Paul Weiss, who died July 5, 2002, at age 101, was a late bloomer. He did not publish his first philosophy book until 1938 when he was thirty-seven years old. Of course by then he had already published the first six volumes of...
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This study can and should be dealt with in three different ways: as an independent inquiry, requiring no reference to any of my other writings; as carrying further the kind of investigation, begun in...
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“Surrogate” is a term well used by lawyers and administrators, usually to refer to someone who is required to carry out some role on behalf of one who is not able to do so as well as one should, or at all. Those who are infirm in mind or body often...
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Explorations, adventures, probings, and discoveries often outrun formulae, deductions, analyses, and retreats. Adventures in scientific thought are not as different from adventures in art and philosophy as common reformulations of the conclusions and...
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To be human is to own and make use of one’s person. This has sometimes been identified as a soul, taken to have a divine origin, to quicken, guide, and control the body, and to be responsible for what one does with the lived body and organism. Current discussions about the right of a mother to abort her embryo, it has already been...
HUMANIZED ORGANISMS AND THEIR SURROGATES
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In the preceding chapter, account was taken of surrogates used by persons; an earlier chapter dealt with those in the humanized world, on which pragmatism focuses. Since humans also have organisms, no study of surrogates relevant to humans could be complete unless account were taken of the surrogates that human...
INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR SURROGATES
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Each human is a singular being that owns and uses its character and habits when expressing itself in and through a person, a lived body, and an organism. As pointed out earlier (in chapter 3), that owner-user has sometimes been identified as a soul, with...
ULTIMATE CONDITIONS, BEING, AND THEIR SURROGATES
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Finite beings are together with others in a domain that is governed by an ordered set of ultimate conditions, and within whose compass more limited governances occur. Persons are primarily governed by assessors, humanized beings by affiliators, natural...
AIDS, AGENTS, AND SUBSTITUTES
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There are various replacements of what is entertained that share some of the features of surrogates, but lack others. Aids are one kind. They contribute to achievements; they could, but may not, do what the surrogate might do. Agents are another kind. They have tasks defined by their principals, but are allowed to do other things...
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Near the end of Emphatics, I listed thirty-three questions which I said I would try to keep in mind in the course of the present venture. I never did that explicitly, and never even thought of them as I wrote and rewrote this work. They now, though, could...
AN ENVISAGEMENT OF ADJUNCTS
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The preceding discussion of surrogates did not raise the question of whether or not there was anything that did or could have the role of an accompaniment of what one had in focus. Yet were there anything entirely alone, there could not be anything...
WORKS OF PAUL WEISS
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Illustrations: 2 index
Publication Year: 2002