Transition to an Ordinal Metaphysics

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1980 - Philosophy - 164 pages
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This book presents the principles and categories of an ordinal metaphysics in relation to the metaphysical tradition and contemporary issues. It represents the only current systematic and metaphysical effort to resolve the difficulties that have made metaphysics suspect through most of the twentieth century. Ross begins with a summary of Justus Buchler’s Metaphysics of Natural Complexes, where the theory was first formulated, and then expands and develops Buchler’s ideas in important new directions. He seeks to replace the “cosmological view” that reality is single-valued and wholly determinate with a plural, functional, and ordinal ontology that avoids the major deficiencies of the metaphysical tradition and resolves many contemporary issues.
  

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Contents

PERMANENCE AND CHANGE
21
Change
22
Atoms Forms and Substances
24
Process
27
Ordinal Prevalence and Deviance
28
CAUSATION AND FREEDOM
35
Efficient Causation
36
Humes Criticisms of Causation
37
The Ultimate
74
Identity and Integrity
79
ORDINALITY
83
Appearance and Reality
84
Knowledge and Reality
87
Being
93
Dimensions of Ordinality
95
Ontological Parity
108

Causal Inheritance
38
Causal Determinism
39
Indeterminism
41
SelfCausation
44
Actuality and Possibility
46
Emergence Novelty and Freedom
50
RELATEDNESS
54
External Relations
57
Experience and Relation
61
Being Related
63
UNITY
67
The Unity of Substance
68
The Unity of Process
70
World Order
71
RELATIVITY AND PLURALITY
111
Ontological Relativity
113
Worldmaking
117
Appropriation and Clearing
122
Writing and the Name of the Book
127
METAPHYSICS
132
Metaphysics as Science
133
Metaphysics as Revelation
135
Metaphysics as Criticism
137
Metaphysics as Personal Vision
138
Metaphysics as Conceptual Reformation
139
Metaphysics as General Systematic Articulation
141
NOTES
152
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Stephen David Ross is Professor of Philosophy and Chairman of the Department of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Binghamton. His previously published books include The Nature of Moral Responsibility, The Scientific Process, and Moral Decision.

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