The Metaphysics of Explanation: An Inquiry into the Nature and Philosophical Limits of Explanation (Studies in the History of Philosophy No. 74)By: Campbell Whitaker (author)Hardback
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DescriptionDr. Whitaker's book represents a highly important contribution to philosophical scholarship. It is not only a sustained analysis of the metaphysical questions of existence and the world, it is also a thorough analysis of the important theories of explanation over the past century and an overview and generalized theory of the essential nature of all types of rational explanation (including convincing resolutions of traditional problems of induction and free will). It is a thorough analysis of the concept of total explanation and its relation to concepts of sufficient reason, necessary being, axiarchism, explanatory self-subsumption, existence, concept, object, sense, and reference. There are interesting and significant analyses of some of the age-old proofs of the existence of God. There is also a rigorous explication of the philosophical limits of explanation and the incoherencies that result when those limits are ignored. This study also contains a detailed review and analysis of theories of divine creation and their relation to theories of scientific cosmology. There are exhaustive analyses of arguments for the spatial and temporal extent of the world as a whole. There is a careful and extensive consideration of the various meanings which have been attached to the term "space" by both scientific as well as metaphysical thinkers, and important distinctions between the major concepts of space that have been hopelessly confused in most treatments. Last but not least, there are interesting and novel analyses of concepts of the spiritual and the noumenon.
About AuthorDr. Whitaker is a native of Tampa, Florida. He received his B.A. in Philosophy at Stetson University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of South Florida. He teaches philosophy, logic, and mathematics.
ContentsPreface, Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The Question of Existence and the Concept of Explanation; 2. Total Explanation and the Concept of Necessary Being; 3. Axiarchism, Explanatory Self-Subsumption, The Universe, and Absolute Nothing; 4. The Question of the World: Cosmology and Creation; 5. The Finite World; 6. The Infinite World; Appendices; Index; Bibliography
- publication date: 04/06/2004
- ISBN13: 9780773464063
- Format: Hardback
- Number Of Pages: 490
- ID: 9780773464063
- ISBN10: 0773464069
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