*HOLD AS DRAFT*
Hardback by Kwame Anthony Appiah. Published by Harvard University Press, first edition, 2017.
Idealization is a fundamental feature of human thought. We build simplified models in our scientific research and utopias in our political imaginations. Concepts like belief, desire, reason, and justice are bound up with idealizations and ideals. Life is a constant adjustment between the models we make and the realities we encounter. In idealizing, we proceed as if our representations were true, while knowing they are not. This is not a dangerous or distracting occupation, Kwame Anthony Appiah shows. A polymath who writes with mainstream clarity, Appiah defends the centrality of the imagination not just in the arts but in science, morality, and everyday life.
Hardback with dust jacket. Jacket has a few shelf marks, but otherwise the book is like new.