Complexity and Analysis

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Lexington Books, 2002 - Philosophy - 351 pages
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Wherever we look, we notice complexity. Philosophically, the concept constitutes a tangled web of problems, in theory as well as daily life. Complexity and Analysis is a meticulous rendering of these problems, tackling the seldom considered nature of complexity that confronts ontological analysts and holists alike. Stewart Umphrey expertly describes the limits of analysis as they have come to light within mathematics, the natural sciences, and analytic philosophy, explaining how Aristotle came upon, and sought to move beyond, the limits of ontological analysis. In trying to understand any complex entity, Umphrey argues, one succeeds in meeting the criterion of metaphysical adequacy only if one fails to meet the crietrion of epistemological adequacy. Ranging across an array of subjects including Kantian and Hegelian idealism, this book provides a superb account of how our own complexity presents not only theoretical problems, but ethical and political dilemmas of great practical significance.
 

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Contents

Is Analysis Limited?
3
Aristotles Transanalytic Metaphysics
47
PART TWO
73
Ways of Complexity
75
Entities
105
Analogy
159
Dialectic
183
Ways of Negation
213
PART THREE
245
Integrity
247
Ecstasy
273
Community
311
Index
345
About the Author
351
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Stewart Umphrey is a tutor at St John's College, Annapolis. He is the author of Zetetic Skepticism (1990).

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