Metaphysics as Foundation

Essays in Honor of Ivor Leclerc

Edited by Paul A. Bogaard & Gordon Treash

Subjects: Metaphysics
Paperback : 9780791412589, 358 pages, December 1992
Hardcover : 9780791412572, 358 pages, December 1992

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Table of contents


Foreword Robert C. Neville


Section One: Historical Antecedents

1. Kant's Criticism of Panpsychism from the Perspective of the Whiteheadian Metaphysics of Subjectivity [translated from German]
Reiner Wiehl

2. The Nature of Nature: Kant and Whitehead
Gordon Treash

3. Leibniz and Modern Science
Errol E. Harris

4. Metaphysical Lessons of Idealism
Hugo A. Meynell

Section Two: The Subject as Creative

5. Creativity as General Activity
Jan Van der Veken and André Cloots

6. Mais Où Sont Les Neiges D'Antan?
Donald W. Sherburne

7. Perfecting the Ontological Principle
Lewis S. Ford

8. The Systematic Ambiguity of Some Key Whiteheadian Terms
George L. Kline

9. To Be Is To Be Substance-In-Relation
W. Norris Clarke, S. J.

Section Three: The Subject as Foundation

10. Temporality and the Concept of Being
Albert Shalom

11. The Metaphor of a Foundation for Knowledge
Edward Pols

12. Collective Guilt
Jude P. Dougherty

Section Four: Science, Interaction and the Philosophy of Nature

13. Metaphysical Systems and Scientific Theories: A Structural Comparison
Friedrich Rapp

14. The Philosophical Content of Quantum Chemistry
Paul A. Bogaard

15. 6The Nature of Chemical Existence
Joseph E. Earley

16. What is Time?
Ilya Prigogine

Section Five: Subjectivity and God

17. God, Necessary and Contingent; World, Contingent and Necessary;and the Fifteen Other Options in Thinking About God
Charles Hartshorne

18. Persons and God
Hywel D. Lewis


Index of Names

Index of Subjects


The essays in this book examine the proposition that an interpretation of subjects and subjectivity from the ontological perspective, first outlined by Alfred North Whitehead and elaborated by Ivor Leclerc, provides the foundation that is essential in order to develop a philosophy of nature and human action.

Paul A. Bogaard and Gordon Treash both teach in the Department of Philosophy at Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.