Approaches to Metaphysics

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William Sweet
Springer Science & Business Media, Feb 28, 2006 - Philosophy - 336 pages
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Today, when systematic philosophy - and reason itself - are challenged both outside of and within philosophy, is it still possible to do metaphysics? This volume provides a broad perspective on contemporary approaches to the nature and the fundamental questions of metaphysics. Drawing on scholars from continental Europe, Asia, Canada, the United States, and Great Britain, and representing a variety of philosophical cultures and traditions, this volume surveys and extends work in metaphysics and its implications for broader philosophical concerns (e.g., in ethics and social philosophy, in mathematics and logic, and in epistemology). It also addresses such questions as the role of history and historicity in undertaking metaphysics, the nature of metaphysics, the priority of metaphysics over epistemology, and the challenges of empiricism and postmodernism.
 

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Contents

Can Creation be aMetaphysical Concept?
6
ISSUES IN CLASSICAL METAPHYSICS
21
Logic and Metaphysics in German Philosophy from Melanchthon
61
Metaphysics Mathematics and PreEstablished Harmony
75
The Integration of History and Metaphysics
92
Suffering Metaphysics and Nietzsches Path to the Holy
111
Bosanquet and Sankara
137
Metaphysics and the Origins ofArendts Account ofEvil
158
The Idea ofa Metaphysical System
181
Speculative and Analytical Philosophy Theories ofExistence and
208
Jacques Maritain and the Metaphysics of Plato Fran ORourke 11
229
Metaphysics and Idealism
249
Fred Wilson
265
Tweedale 303
302
Elizabeth Trott
317
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William Sweet is a professor in the Department of Philosophy and the director of the Centre for Philosophy, Theology, and Cultural Traditions at St. Francis Xavier University.

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