Robert E. Wood is Graduate Dean and Director of the Institute of Philosophical Studies at the University of Dallas. He is the author of Martin Buber's Ontology, and co-editor of the journal, The New Scholasticism.
"This is a brilliant 'introduction' to metaphysics, beginning with the creation of a metaphysical system (Part I) and then defending it through a reading of the Western tradition (Part II). The writing is clear and persuasive throughout; it does not presuppose antecedent knowledge of the tradition, or of any present context defining 'metaphysics. ' Rather, the book develops what it needs of those things as it goes along; hence it would be splendid as an undergraduate text. Nevertheless, there are subtle references throughout Part I and direct discussions in Part II of the metaphysical tradition; for those who already know, this is a profound and subtly argued defense of a particular metaphysical position relative to the competitors; hence it is intrinsically interesting for advanced scholars and will evoke commentary in the current discussion. The book is magisterial in both senses: a fine teaching tool and an embodiment of mastery. "— Robert Cummings Neville
"I like the sense of philosophical seriousness that comes through. The author displays a humanly insightful touch in relation to metaphysical problems that are often wrongly dismissed as abstract and irrelevant. He communicates the sense that philosophical thought is an adventure of mind. Another major asset of the book is that it shows a wide command of the major thinkers in the philosophical tradition. " — William Desmond