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Thinking Being: Introduction to Metaphysics in the Classical Tradition (Eric D Perl) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2014) 9789004264205
Thinking Being: Introduction to Metaphysics in the Classical Tradition (Eric D Perl) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2014) 9789004264205
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Title: Thinking Being: Introduction to Metaphysics in the Classical Tradition

Author: Perl, Eric D

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2014

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004264205

Volumes: 1; Pages: 216

List Price in Cloth: $141.00 Our price: $121.99

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In Thinking Being, Eric Perl articulates central ideas and arguments regarding the nature of reality in Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, and Aquinas. He shows that, throughout this tradition, these ideas proceed from and return to the indissoluble togetherness of thought and being, first clearly expressed by Parmenides. The emphasis throughout is on continuity rather than opposition: Aristotle appears as a follower of Plato in identifying being as intelligible form, and Aquinas as a follower of Plotinus in locating the first principle "beyond being". Hence Neoplatonism, itself a coherent development of Platonic thought, comes to be seen as the mainstream of classical philosophy. Perl's book thus contributes to a revisionist understanding of the fundamental outlines of the western tradition in metaphysics.ContentsAbbreviationsIntroduction1. The nature of metaphysics2. The scope of this study3. Thought and beingChapter I. Parmenides1. Milesian background2. Being and thinking3. What is being?Chapter II. Plato1. Reading Plato2. Being as form3. The meaning of separation4. The levels of being5. The ascent of the soul6. Knowledge as sunousiva7. The good8. The forms and the demiurge9. The motion of intellect10. The receptacle of becomingChapter III. Aristotle1. The principles of change2. Nature as form3. Reality as form: Metaphysics Z4. The priority of act5. The unmoved mover6. Life, sense, and intellect: On the SoulChapter IV. Plotinus1. Being and intellect2. The One beyond being3. The production of being4. Transcendence and immanence5. Being as beauty6. The sensible and the intelligible8. The two mattersChapter V. Thomas Aquinas1. Aquinas and the philosophical tradition2. Essence and existence3. God as existence itself4. Creatures and God5. Analogical predication6. The transcendentalsBibliography
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