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Method in Metaphysics: Lonergan and the Future of Analytical Philosophy (Andrew Beards) Hardcover Book, (University of Toronto Press, 2008) 9780802097521
Method in Metaphysics: Lonergan and the Future of Analytical Philosophy (Andrew Beards) Hardcover Book, (University of Toronto Press, 2008) 9780802097521
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Title: Method in Metaphysics: Lonergan and the Future of Analytical Philosophy

Author: Beards, Andrew

Publisher: University of Toronto Press; Publication Date: 2008

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780802097521

Volumes: 1; Pages: 448

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In the last few decades, analytical philosophers have rediscovered an interest in the subject of metaphysics. Surveying the contributions made by these philosophers, Method in Metaphysics initiates a critical dialogue between analytical metaphysics and the philosophy of Bernard Lonergan. It argues for a basic method in metaphysics, a method that arises from a critically grounded epistemology and cognitional theory. In addition, it serves as a much-needed overview and introduction to current trends in analytical metaphysics.Andrew Beards shows how Lonergan's philosophy can help to clarify not only particular issues in current debates but also the larger question of a basic method. He goes on to apply this method to topics at the forefront of discussions in contemporary philosophy--topics such as universals, tropes, events, causality, and the metaphysics of the self and the social. While the main focus of the study is on Lonergan and analytical philosophy, Beards also introduces the philosophies of Whitehead, Husserl, and Derrida into the debate. He brings Lonergan's critical realist philosophy into finely textured dialogue with a number of well-known contemporary metaphysicians such as Dummet, Putnam, Lewis, and Kripke.Table of ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. The Revival of Metaphysics1. Lonergan and Analytical Philosophy2. The Concern with Method3. The Roots of Metaphysics in Epistemology2. From Epistemology to Metaphysics1. Understanding Method2. Critical Realism I: Cognitional Structure3. Characteristics of the Cognitional Process4. Critical Realist Epistemology5. Critical Realism II: Comparison and Contrast6. Critical Realism a Foundation for Metaphysics3. The Question of Method1. Reality as Anticipated in Knowing2. Appropriating the Aristotelian Tradition3. Establishing Ontological Commitments4. Whitehead and Process Metaphysics5. Method and Ockham's Razor6. Ontology as "Truth Making"7. Metaphysics, Language, and Logic8. The 'A Priori' in Knowing9. Myth and MetaphysicsRecto Running Head vii10. Phenomenology11. An Outline of Metaphysics4. Metaphysics of the Self1. Lonergan and Descartes2. First-Person Language: G. E. M. Anscombe3. Confusions over Self-Knowledge4. First-Person Ontology: E. J. Lowe5. First-Person Ontology: Sydney Shoemaker6. The Divided Self: J. R. Lucas5. 5On Knowing and Naming1. Kripke and Putnam versus the Frege-Russell Thesis2. Searle's Critique3. Empiricist Presuppositions4. Lonergan on Reference and Demonstratives5. Assessment of Kripke and Putnam6. Problems in Searle7. Conclusion6. Natural Kinds: From Description to Explanation1. Our Knowledge of What There Is in Nature: The Essentialist/Antiessentialist Debate2. Beyond Primary and Secondary Qualities3. Explanation: The Formal Cause as a Set of Internal Terms and Relations4. The Natural-Kinds Debate: A Critical Realist Assessment7. Universals, Tropes, Substance, and Events1. Universals2. Tropes3. Lewis on Properties4. Possible-Worlds Semantics5. A Critique of Lewis6. Possibility as Intelligibility7. Substance8. A Critical Realist Approach to Substance9. How to Understand Universals10. Substance: Unity-Identity-Whole versus 'Body'11. Further Elucidations: Loux's Questions on Substance12. Strawson and Whitehead on Substance13. Events and Occurrences8. Causality1. Counterfactual Theory2. A Broader Perspective on Causality3. Problems from Hume4. Causation Present in Consciousness5. The Statistical Turn9. Dispositions, Development, and Supervenience1. Lonergan on Potency, Emergence, and Development2. Directedness and Supervenience: Martin on Dispositions3. Kim on Supervenience10. Metaphysics of the Social1. Issues of Method: Terms and Relations2. The Ontology of Social Relations3. Value as Final Cause4. Persons as Interdependent5. Intersubjective Communication as Causal6. The Ontology of Language7. Mutual Self-Mediation8. The Quasi-Operator9. The Ontology of HistoryConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex
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