The way toward wisdom: an interdisciplinary and intercultural introduction to metaphysics

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University of Notre Dame Press, 2006 - Philosophy - 617 pages
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Throughout this book, Benedict Ashley, O.P., argues that metaphysics is truly the "way toward wisdom." It permits us to understand how and why we know, think, and believe. As he states in chapter 1, "Persons can be judged really 'wise' only if, through reflection, they have become conscious not simply of what their worldview is but also of the bases on which it rests. Nor is anyone truly wise who is unable to enter into dialogue with those of different worldviews. The wise can dialogue fruitfully, because they have achieved a certain warranted confidence in what they think and why they think it, and can formulate this for others to consider. Moreover, it is important to the wise that their views be tested by exposure to other views and be open to the clarification, enrichment, or even correction that such exposure may bring. Finally, the truly wise know how important it is for their own sharing in the truth to share it with others."

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Contents

The Problem of the Unification of Knowledge
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The Historical Varieties of Metaphysics in Western Culture
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Typology of Approaches to the Unification of Knowledge in the Western Tradition
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