Objects and Pseudo-Objects by Bruno Leclercq, Sebastien Richard, Denis Seron

By Bruno Leclercq, Sebastien Richard, Denis Seron

Which entities may be authorized as a part of the furnishings of the area, and which now not? What are "pseudo-objects," in the event that they aren't thoroughly items? This assortment explores the solutions given to those questions via a few key philosophers through the twentieth century. It brings jointly essays by means of prime students on an issue of imperative significance to either metaphysics and the background of philosophy.

Show description

Whitehead's Radically Different Postmodern Philosophy: An by David Ray Griffin

By David Ray Griffin

Examines the postmodern implications of Whitehead’s metaphysical system.

Postmodern philosophy is frequently brushed off as unintelligible, self-contradictory, and as a passing fad with out contribution to make to the issues confronted through philosophers in our time. whereas this characterization should be real of the kind of philosophy classified postmodern within the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, David Ray Griffin argues that Alfred North Whitehead had formulated a noticeably diversified form of postmodern philosophy to which those criticisms don't observe. Griffin exhibits the ability of Whitehead’s philosophy in facing a number modern issues—the mind-body relation, ecological ethics, fact as correspondence, the relation of time in physics to the (irreversible) time of our lives, and the truth of ethical norms. He additionally defends a particular measurement of Whitehead’s postmodernism, his theism, opposed to a number of criticisms, together with the cost that it truly is incompatible with relativity theory.

“Those who're surprising with Griffin’s contemporary books might be thankful for this transparent, readable, and thorough creation to Whitehead’s philosophy as optimistic (rather than deconstructive) and postmodern. notwithstanding, those people who are good versed in Griffin’s earlier books also will reap the benefits of his multiplied use of the speculation of hard-core universal experience, his safeguard of theological ethics, and his exact exam of Whitehead’s reformed subjectivist precept. in brief, this is often an exceptional booklet that may be learn with revenue by means of philosophers and theologians generally.” — Daniel A. Dombrowski, writer of Rawls and faith: The Case for Political Liberalism

“No one operating within the zone of strategy notion probably want to leave out this significant new booklet by way of David Ray Griffin.” — Donald W. Sherburne, coeditor of Whitehead’s Philosophy: issues of Connection

Show description

Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Alfred North by Michael Epperson

By Michael Epperson

In Process and Reality and different works, Alfred North Whitehead struggled to come back to phrases with the influence the recent technological know-how of quantum mechanics might have on his metaphysics. This formidable publication is the 1st prolonged research of the tricky relationships among quantum mechanics and Whitehead's philosophical cosmology.

Moving systematically--concept via suggestion, section by means of phase--Michael Epperson illuminates the intersection of technological know-how and philosophy in Whitehead's paintings, and information Whitehead's try to type an ontology able to coherently accommodating the present and destiny trajectory of contemporary physics.

But going some distance past this exploration, Epperson additionally makes very important new contributions to the conceptualization of Whitehead's concept of quantum occasions ('actual occasions'), addressing the significant realization paid through philosophers and different students to Nature's essentially quantum personality as defined via glossy physics.

"Quantum mechanics is without doubt one of the empirically top proven actual theories ever. furthermore, it's been and nonetheless is a vital device in making plans and comparing new experiments in lots of components of physics and an crucial instrument for the advance of recent applied sciences. even though, regardless of its tremendous large and winning diversity of program, a few vital questions referring to its right interpretation are nonetheless now not settled. during this context probably the most vital questions is obviously to which ontology quantum mechanics supplies upward thrust, i.e., of what sorts of basic entities the realm most likely is composed (e.g. debris, fields, occasions, methods, spacetime regions/points, etc.), if one assumes that quantum mechanics is telling us a real tale concerning the world.
"Epperson has performed an excellent activity in displaying what the most distinctive (and definitely, some of the most tricky) metaphysical theories of the twentieth century--Whitehead's philosophy of process--contributes to the continuing debate concerning the right ontological interpretation of quantum mechanics. for that reason, the ebook is very prompt to anyone engaged on or being heavily attracted to the ontology of quantum physics. additionally, it's a "must learn" for college students of Whitehead's philosophy, because it will deepen their figuring out of Whitehead's relatively summary scheme, to work out quantum mechanics as a particular exemplification of a few of the primary buildings of the philosophy of process."
Frank Hättich - Studies in historical past and Philosophy of contemporary Physics

Including a nonspecialist advent to quantum mechanics, Epperson provides a necessary new measurement to our realizing of the structure and that means of Whitehead's metaphysics--and of the continuously enriching come upon among technological know-how and philosophy in our century.

Show description

The Metaphysics of Epistemology: Lectures by Wilfrid Sellars by Wilfrid Sellars, Pedro Amaral

By Wilfrid Sellars, Pedro Amaral

The systematic research of the metaphysical foundations of Epistemology. An available glimpse of the underpinnings of up to date philosophy of brain, the connection among brain and mind, cognitive technology and philosophy of brain. The paintings is unfastened from technical phrases and completely available to people who search an evidence for the course being taken through learn in psychology, cognitive technology and philosophy.

Show description

Virtue Epistemology: Essays on Epistemic Virtue and by Abrol Fairweather, Linda Zagzebski

By Abrol Fairweather, Linda Zagzebski

Advantage epistemology is an exhilarating, new move receiving a big quantity of consciousness from most sensible epistemologists and ethicists; this pioneering quantity displays the easiest paintings in that vein. that includes exceptional writing from modern American philosophers, it comprises 13 by no means prior to released essays that target where of the idea that of advantage in epistemology.In contemporary years, philosophers were debating how this idea features in definitions of data. They query the level to which wisdom is either normative (i.e., with an ethical part) and non-normative, and lots of of them dispute the point of interest on justification, which has confirmed to be too restrictive. Epistemologists are looking for how to mix the conventional strategies of moral thought with epistemic strategies; the result's a brand new process referred to as advantage epistemology--one that has tested itself as a very favorable alternative.Containing the end result of modern examine on advantage epistemology, this quantity deals a very good choice of contributors--including Robert Audi, Simon Blackburn, Richard Foley, Alvin Goldman, Hilary Kornblith, Keith Lehrer, Ernest Sosa, and Linda Zagzebski--whose paintings brings epistemology into discussion with daily concerns.

Show description

The Poetics of Grammar and the Metaphysics of Sound and Sign

This e-book examines the possible common inspiration of a grammatical cosmos. person essays talk about what number of the nice civilizations offer cognitive maps that emerge from a metaphysical linguistics during which sounds, syllables and different symptoms shape the positive components of truth. The essays deal with cross-cultural matters akin to: Why does grammar function a template in those cultures? How are such templates culturally contoured? To what finish are they utilized - i.e., what can one do with grammar - , and the way does it paintings upon the area? The e-book is split into 3 sections that care for the metaphysics of linguistic construction; practices of encoding and deciphering as a way of interpreting fact; and language within the widest experience as a medium for self- and cultural transformation. participants comprise: Jan Assman, Sara Sviri, Michael Stone, M. Finkelberg, Yigal Bronner, Martin Kern, Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Dan Martin, Jonathan clothing, Tom Hunter, David Shulman, and Sergio l. a. Porta.

Show description