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From Technological Humanity to Bio-technical Existence

Explores the relationship between technics and humanity, tracing the emergence of a bio-technical conception of existence in contemporary continental philosophy.

Event of Signature

In dialogue with Derrida, formulates a new philosophical problem - a complex aporia that underlines the topic of the handwritten as a sign of legal identification.

Schelling and Spinoza

Presents a novel interpretation of Schelling's philosophy by way of his reading and critique of Spinoza.

One over Many

Corrective intervention in Plato's metaphysics replacing the standard view of Plato as a metaphysical dualist with a novel and revolutionary paradigm of unitary pluralism in a single reality built on ontological diversity.

D. G. Leahy and the Thinking Now Occurring

A critical introduction to the American philosopher D. G. Leahy (1937–2014), whose oeuvre sets forth a fundamental thinking in which change itself is revealed to be the very essence of reality and mind.

Being Measured

Advances an interpretation of Aristotle’s theory of truth in terms of accurate measurement.

Philosophy-Screens

Draws from twentieth-century French thought on film and aesthetics to address the philosophical significance of the pervasiveness of screens in contemporary technological life as well as the mutation of philosophy that such a pervasiveness seems to require.

Centering and Extending

An original metaphysical proposal building on classical and contemporary sources.

Entanglements

Presents strikingly original and contemporary answers to the most traditional philosophical problems in epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, and political theory.

Nature as Sacred Ground

Provides a metaphysical outlook for religious naturalism.

Complicated Presence

A synthetic assessment of Heidegger’s entire path of thinking as a radical attempt to thematize and rethink the fundamental notions of unity dominating the Western metaphysical tradition.

Manifesto of New Realism

Retraces the history of postmodern philosophy and proposes solutions to overcome its impasses.

Nihilism and Metaphysics

An assessment and reevaluation of nihilism’s ascendency over metaphysics.

The Orders of Nature

A systematic theory of naturalism, bridging metaphysics and the science of complexity and emergence.

The Other Plato

Collected writings on Plato’s unwritten teachings.

Essential Difference

Proposes a new way of understanding the nature of metaphysics, focusing on nonreductionist emergence theory, both in ancient and modern philosophy, as well as in contemporary philosophy of science.

Weak Thought

Foundational collection on one of the most influential concepts to emerge from contemporary Italian philosophy.

Aristotle's Concept of Chance

The first exhaustive study of Aristotle's concept of chance.

Modes of Learning

By George Allan
Subjects: Education

A highly accessible reading of Whitehead's writings on education and their connection to his metaphysics.

The William Desmond Reader

Career-spanning selections from the writings of William Desmond.

Creative Experiencing

A vigorous and wide-ranging defense of Hartshorne’s “neoclassical metaphysics” of creative freedom.

Existence and the Good

Argues that morals and politics require on a metaphysical backing and proposes a neoclassical metaphysics.

Philosophical Dialectics

A study in philosophical methodology aimed at providing a clear view of the scope and limits of philosophical inquiry.

Ethics and Selfhood

Argues that a coherent theory of ethics requires an account of selfhood.

What Happens to Us When We Think

By Michael Gelven
Subjects: Philosophy

Explores the transformation humans undergo when they do metaphysics.

Panpsychism and the Religious Attitude

By D. S. Clarke
Subjects: Philosophy

Defends panpsychism, the view that mentality is present in all natural bodies with unified and persisting organization.

Labyrinths of Exemplarity

A fascinating account of exemplarity in the context of deconstruction.

Coming to Be

Synthesizes Thomistic and Whiteheadian metaphysics.

Kierkegaard and the Concept of Revelation

Provides the first comprehensive interpretation of Kierkegaard's view of Christian revelation and demonstrates the central importance of that concept for understanding the development of his religious philosophy.

Creativity and God

This book is a sympathetic critique of process theology with responses to the arguments addressed by leading thinkers.

The Cosmology of Freedom

The book shows the connections between the personal and the social dimensions of freedom, and how all the meanings of freedom are functions of the natural cosmos.

Perplexity and Ultimacy

Desmond explores perplexity regarding ultimacy--the metaphysical perplexity that precedes and exceeds scientific and commonsense curiosity.

Transformations in Consciousness

This book presents a philosophy that includes the enlightenment experience--a philosophy grounded on the authority of direct realization resulting from transformation in consciousness.

Being and the Between

This is the culmination of a systematic metaphysics written by a world-class philosopher, demonstrating the need for a renewal of metaphysics.

Heidegger's Ways

A particularly insightful commentary on Heidegger’s thinking, as well as a fascinating look at Gadamer himself.

Metaphysics as Foundation

Edited by Paul A. Bogaard & Gordon Treash
Subjects: Philosophy

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, ...

Whitehead and Bradley

In his magnum opus, Process and Reality, Alfred North Whitehead claims a special affinity to Oxford philosopher Francis Herbert Bradley. McHenry clarifies exactly how much of Whitehead's metaphysics is ...

Plato and the Foundations of Metaphysics

By Hans Joachim Kramer
Edited and translated by John R. Catan
Subjects: Philosophy

This is a book about the relationship of the two traditions of Platonic interpretation -- the indirect and the direct traditions, the written dialogues and the unwritten doctrines. Kramer, who is the ...

Whitehead's Metaphysics of Creativity

Edited by Friedrich Rapp & Reiner Wiehl
Subjects: Philosophy

This book discusses the problems raised by Whitehead's metaphysics of creativity—metaphysics focused on dynamic becoming rather than on static being—and the proposed solutions to those problems. Whitehead ...

Metaphysics of Natural Complexes

During the past two decades Metaphysics of Natural Complexes has exerted a strong a growing influence on the continuing development of contemporary philosophy. This new and expanded edition acknowledges ...

Hypothesis and the Spiral of Reflection

This book describes a realist, fallibilist alternative when intuitionism and its psychocentric ontology are rejected. Weissman proposes an agenda for metaphysical inquiry and also a method for testing ...

The World View of Contemporary Physics

Edited by Richard F. Kitchener
Subjects: Philosophy

Although early twentieth century physics produced two revolutionary new conceptions of the nature of the physical universe—relativity theory and quantum theory—more recent developments in the physical ...

Reason and Justice

This is a finely argued, detailed, and comprehensive systematic theory of justice, brilliantly extending Hegelian ethics much as Rawls's Theory of Justice rehabilitated and extended classical Liberalism. ...

Individuality

The author begins by distinguishing six fundamental issues on the metaphysics of individuality. He then proceeds to examine the relation among these issues and to demonstrate that ignorance of the interrelationships ...

The Puritan Smile

This book develops a contemporary metaphysics of morals. Currently the liberal tradition defines the field of moral and political theory. It contains the popular utilitarian, the deontological, and the ...

New Essays in Metaphysics

This volume displays fifteen of the many lively options in the field of metaphysics. The authors, having finished their formal education in the 1960s or later, belong to the generation of philosophers ...

Whitehead's Metaphysics of Extension and Solidarity

At the base of Whitehead's philosophy of organism is a vision of the solidarity of all final actualities. Each actuality is a discrete individual enjoying autonomous self-determination, yet each also ...

Averroes and the Metaphysics of Causation

By Barry S. Kogan
Subjects: Philosophy

Averroes and the Metaphysics of Causation examines the controversial causation issue. That causes produce their effects and can be known to do so is the view that Averroes defends in his Tahafut Al-Tahafut, ...

A History of Ancient Philosophy III

By Giovanni Reale
Edited and translated by John R. Catan
Subjects: Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Philosophy

Reale's volume supplies a synthesis previously lacking—a synthesis in the historical treatment of the great philosophies of the Hellenistic Age: the Academy, the Peripatos, the Stoa, the Garden of Epicurus, ...

The Emergence of Whitehead's Metaphysics, 1925-1929

A breathtaking detective story, this book charts the adventure of Whitehead's ideas in a remarkably detailed and careful reconstruction of his metaphysical views. Incorporating heretofore unpublished ...

Reality and Empathy

By Alex Comfort
Subjects: Philosophy

Once in a century an overview shakes the mold of preconception and makes a world model fall into shape. This is such a book—absorbing, provocative, original, skeptical, and often very funny in spite ...

Perspective in Whitehead's Metaphysics

Stephen David Ross presents an extensive, detailed, and critical interpretation of Whitehead's mature thought, emphasizing the fundamental role of perspective in Whitehead's cosmology, and tracing the ...

Philosophical Mysteries

"This is my major thesis. Mystery is inherent in both the nature of things and the nature of rationality. I will sustain this thesis by a review of some of the central issues of philosophy to elucidate ...

The Epochal Nature of Process in Whitehead's Metaphysics

By F. B. Wallack
Subjects: Philosophy

"While my book attempts to reflect the full range of scholarly debate, I have also attempted to make it useful to anyone interested in Whitehead. To this end, I have introduced the Whiteheadian terms ...

The Concept of First Philosophy and the Unity of the Metaphysics of Aristotle

By Giovanni Reale
Edited and translated by John R. Catan
Subjects: Philosophy

Reale's monumental work establishes the exact dimensions of Aristotle's concept of first philosophy and proves the profound unity of concept that exists in Aristotle's Metaphysics. Reale's opposition ...

A Justification of Rationality

By John Kekes
Subjects: Philosophy

The aim of this book is to defend rationality against skepticism fideism, and irrationalism. Rationality is an ideal which represents the best in our civilization. The ideal, however, must be reaffirmed ...