A Metaphysics for the Future

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  • Copyright: 2001-02-01
  • Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co

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A Metaphysics for the Future is a work of original philosophy but at the same time is a humanistic commentary on the moral malaise of our time. It reviews the intellectual events that have brought us to our present point of relativism in ethics and skepticism in knowledge and presents a new viewpoint which offers a way out of our intellectual impasse.Philosophers discussed include Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Descartes, Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Husserl, Wittgenstein, Searle and Rorty. The thoughts of the physicists Penrose and Hawking are examined. Topics covered include the philosopher as diagnostician, the mind-body problem, the foundation of truth in mathematics, preconceptual and postconceptual knowledge, representationalism, the picture theory of truth, Wittgenstein's Ladder, the concept of metaphysical truth, the concepts of Yin and Yang, the synthetic a priori and post-Modernism. A sophisticated text for courses in metaphysics and epistemology.Professor Robert E. Allinson is the author of many books including the forthcoming Ashgate title, Space, Time and the Ethical Foundations, and Understanding the Chinese Mind: The Philosophical Roots, New York: Oxford University Press, 2000 (Tenth Impression). He serves on eight editorial boards including The Journal of Chinese Philosophy and Asian Philosophy. His work has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Italian. Professor Allinson has been a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony's College, Oxford University, an Associate Member of Balliol College of Oxford University and Visiting Fellow at the Graduate School of the Department of Philosophy at Yale University. He is now a professor in the Department of Philosophy at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. XIII
A Legitimization of Philosophyp. xiii
Prologuep. XXIX
On Finding a Suitable Labelp. xxix
Introductionp. 1
Freeing Wittgenstein's Prisonerp. 1
The Cult of Linguisticismp. 10
p. 39
The Nature of Metaphysicsp. 39
What is Metaphysics?p. 41
A Typology of Metaphysicsp. 55
The Metaphysics of the Mysticp. 55
Theistic Metaphysics
Theistic, Religious Metaphysics
Non-Theistic, Doctrinal, Religious Metaphysics
Non-Theistic, Non-Doctrinal, Religious Metaphysics
Rationalist Metaphysicsp. 59
The Metaphysics of Appearance and Realityp. 60
The Metaphysics of Transcendental Conditionsp. 61
The Metaphysics of Experiencep. 62
Revisionary and Descriptive Metaphysicsp. 62
The Metaphysics of Absolute Presuppositionsp. 63
Hegelian-Dialectical Metaphysics or Developmental Metaphysicsp. 64
The Metaphysics of Hartshornep. 65
Similarities between Hartshorne's and the Present Viewp. 65
A Comparison between Specific Metaphysical Truth Claims in Hartshorne's and in the Present Workp. 66
Categorial Contrastp. 70
Degrees of Metaphysical Truthp. 71
Regional Metaphysicsp. 75
Pedagogical Approaches to the Study of Metaphysicsp. 79
The History of Systemsp. 79
The Approach by Topicsp. 80
The Approach by Problematicp. 80
The Approach by Perspectivesp. 81
Cyclical and Dialectical Progressionp. 81
Hermeneuticsp. 82
Modified Hegelianismp. 83
Chinese Modified Hegelianismp. 84
Metaphysical Principles and Metaphysical Insightp. 87
p. 101
The Nature of Knowledgep. 101
The Modes of Knowledge, The Case of the Idiot Savant and How Many Angels can Dance on the Head of a Pin?p. 103
Prelinguistic Knowledgep. 103
The Case of the Idiot Savantp. 106
Philosophical Debatesp. 110
Intentionality Versus Behaviorismp. 110
The One and the Manyp. 112
Space in the Philosophy of Kantp. 113
How Many Angels Can Dance on the Head of a Pin?p. 115
Postconceptual Knowledgep. 117
The Doctrine of Transcendental Reflectionp. 117
Space and Timep. 121
Descartes' Legacy and Exorcising the Ghosts of the Cartesian and the Hermeneutic Circlesp. 127
Preface to the Cartesian Legacyp. 127
Summary of the Cartesian Legacyp. 135
Exorcising the Ghost of the Cartesian Circlep. 136
Exorcising the Ghost of the Hermeneutic Circlep. 138
Husserl's Red Herringsp. 145
The Intentionality of Consciousnessp. 145
The Reality of Other Mindsp. 147
The Transcendental Egop. 147
The Proof of the External Worldp. 149
The Bogeyword, 'Intuition'p. 159
The Laws of the Mind and the Laws of the Universep. 171
The Distinction Between Empirical Psychology and Phenomenological Epistemologyp. 181
Defining the Realm of Pure Phenomenologyp. 203
The Logic in Phenomenologyp. 207
Phenomenological Truthp. 207
The Forgotten Fourthp. 217
Bibliographyp. 233
Indexp. 239
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