Aims: A Brief Metaphysics for Today

Aims: A Brief Metaphysics for Today

By: James W. Felt (author)Paperback

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In "Aims: A Brief Metaphysics for Today", James W. Felt turns his attention to combining elements of Thomas Aquinas' metaphysics, especially its deep ontology, with Alfred North Whitehead's process philosophy to arrive at a new possibility for metaphysics. In his distinctive style, Felt concisely pulls together the strands of epistemology, ontology, and teleology, synthesizing these elements into his own "process-enriched Thomism." Aims does not simply discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each philosopher's position, but blends the two into a cohesive argument based on principles derived from immediate experience. Felt arrives at what he calls a "White-headian-type solution," appealing to his original concept of the "essential aim" as necessary for understanding our existence in a coherent yet unique world. This concise, finely crafted discussion provides a throughly teleological, value-centered approach to metaphysics. "Aims", an experiment in constructive metaphysics, is a thorough and insightful project in modern philosophy. It will appeal to philosophers and students of philosophy interested in enriching their knowledge of contemporary conceptions of metaphysics.

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James W. Felt is the John Nobili Professor of Philosophy at Santa Clara University. He has published a number of books, including Making Sense of Your Freedom: Philosophy for the Perplexed (University of Notre Dame Press, 2005) and Human Knowing: A Prelude to Metaphysics (University of Notre Dame Press, 2005).

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/11/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780268029012
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 120
  • ID: 9780268029012
  • weight: 227
  • ISBN10: 0268029016

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