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Metaphysics : Its Structure and Function - Stephan Korner

Metaphysics

Its Structure and Function

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Published: 28th July 1986
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This is an ambitious and substantial study of metaphysics: its nature and inescapability. Professor Korner"s method may be described as "philosophical anthropology," and aims to arrive at a characterisation of the metaphysical beliefs with which we (have to) operate. Professor Korner begins by describing how the categorical framework of a person"s metaphysical beliefs may be embedded in more ordinary beliefs and practical attitudes to the world. He illustrates the variety of such frameworks and describes their role, going on to explain how they may be modified by argument and reflection. This is an independent inquiry, but also the culmination of a series of Professor Korner"s earlier works. The writing is extremely clear and the material sensitively controlled, revealing great learning and many suggestive insights and comparisons. It presents overall a comprehensive and carefully thought-out account of metaphysics.

Preface
Introduction
On the organisation of beliefs and attitudes
On the cognitive organisation of experience
On the organisation of practical attitudes
On the aesthetic attitudes
Immanent and transcendent philosophy
On Immanent and Transcendent Metaphysics
The principles of logic as supreme cognitive principles
On mathematical thinking as a possible source of immanent metaphysics
On predictive and instrumental thinking about nature as a possible source of immanent metaphysics
On thinking about persons and mental phenomena as a possible source of immanent metaphysics
On thinking about social phenomena and history as a possible source of immanent metaphysics
On delimiting a person's immanent metaphysics
Transcendent metaphysics and the application of concepts
Transcendent metaphysics and the limits of conceptual thinking
On antimetaphysical errors and illusions
Stability and Change in Metaphysics
On internal strains
On external pressures exerted by methodological and other arguments
On metaphysical pluralism, intrametaphysical and metaphysical progress
Some speculations about transcendent reality
Summary of Theses
Index
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ISBN: 9780521338028
ISBN-10: 0521338026
Series: Cambridge Paperback Library
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 28th July 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.38