About this book
The twelve exploratory essays collected in this volume examine forms and limits of human inquiry. Where does scientific inquiry significantly apply? Can it cover the vast canvas of human experience? Where do other forms of inquiry, such as philosophy and the arts, attain their salience? With the emergence of the cognitive sciences, these questions have become more intriguing. Can human inquiry investigate its own nature? They are examined by a philosopher whose academic work concerns the study of language and mind; as such, the sceptical inquiry turns on itself.
[The] essays are reflections of a fine scholar... Their range is wide, and they are at once rigorous and accessible. They … are wise in their understanding of the limits of science’s reach into the domain of what he calls ‘common life’. They will be a source of much pleasure and instruction and insight to the serious reader.
Akeel Bilgrami, Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
With remarkable range and depth, these tantalizing essays explore scientific and cultural forms of inquiry, ... and other topics that have inspired reflection on the world and ourselves for ages. At each point, there are instructive and challenging new perspectives and insights … a welcome gift to the inquiring mind.
Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mukherji's interests go well beyond narrow academic concerns. His writings reflect the breadth of his aspirations and should appeal to the general public as well as to the experts.Francois Recanati, Senior Fellow, CNRS, Paris