Nature's Perspectives: Prospects for Ordinal Metaphysics

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Armen Marsoobian, Kathleen Wallace, Robert S. Corrington
SUNY Press, 1991 - Philosophy - 391 pages
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Focuses on biology, health, and characteristic illnesses of prehistoric, historical, and contemporary native populations of Canada. It contains 2,100 entries (eighty percent of which are annotated) collected from the Masterfile data base of the University of Manitoba. generation of eco-theorists. Paper edition (0492-7), $24.95. (RC) An anthology of both original and reprinted essays on the work of philosopher Justus Buchler (b. 1914), intended not as a festschrift but as a study in ordinal metaphysics for philosophers and scholars. The ordinal framework refuses to privilege the traits of the human process and project them onto nature as a whole; it entails, rather, that there is no privileged order of nature, and that human perspectives (even of other human perspectives) are in, of, and about nature. A powerful position, powerfully examined, and one that deserves the attention not only of philosophers, but of the current Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
  

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Contents

Introduction to Part One
17
Toward a Radical Naturalism
21
Buchlers Metaphysics
29
Justus Buchlers System of Philosophy
49
Introduction to Part Two
67
Substitutes for Substances
73
The Concept of Identity in Justus Buchler and Mahayana Buddhism
93
The Nature of Categorial Theory
115
Natural Obligation Natural Appropriation
227
On Justus Buchler and Richard Rorty
235
The Assertive the Active and the Exhibitive
253
Reading Poems with Buchler
259
Rethinking Meaning in the Arts
281
Toward a New Interpretation of Dreams
297
Buchlers Conception of Community
315
Buchlers Ordinal Metaphysics and Process Theology
335

Three Recent Ontologies
145
A Metaphysical Concept
171
Possibility and Metaphysics Weiss Possibility Temperament and Argument
189
Wallace Skeptical Openness
195
Ordinality and Materialism
201
Introduction to Part Three
223
Ordinality and the Divine Natures
347
Contributors
367
Bibliography of Secondary Works on Justus Buchler
371
Name Index
381
Subject Index
385
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About the author (1991)

Armen Marsoobian is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University.

Kathleen Wallace is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hofstra University.

Robert S. Corrington is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the College of William and Mary.

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