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Aims: A Brief Metaphysics for Today (Paperback)

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Paperback 120 Pages / Published: 30/11/2007
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In ""Aims: A Brief Metaphysics for Today"", James W. Felt turns his attention to combining elements of Thomas Aquinas' metaphysics, especially its deep ontology, with Alfred North Whitehead's process philosophy to arrive at a new possibility for metaphysics. In his distinctive style, Felt concisely pulls together the strands of epistemology, ontology, and teleology, synthesizing these elements into his own ""process-enriched Thomism."" Aims does not simply discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each philosopher's position, but blends the two into a cohesive argument based on principles derived from immediate experience. Felt arrives at what he calls a ""White-headian-type solution,"" appealing to his original concept of the ""essential aim"" as necessary for understanding our existence in a coherent yet unique world. This concise, finely crafted discussion provides a throughly teleological, value-centered approach to metaphysics. ""Aims"", an experiment in constructive metaphysics, is a thorough and insightful project in modern philosophy. It will appeal to philosophers and students of philosophy interested in enriching their knowledge of contemporary conceptions of metaphysics.

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
ISBN: 9780268029012
Number of pages: 120
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 213 x 137 x 10 mm


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"The notion of teleology is deeply embedded in the origins of Western philosophy as exemplified by Aristotelian philosophy. James W. Felt's book, entitled "Aims: A Brief Metaphysics for Today", attempts to continue this tradition by constructing a teleological, or goal-oriented, or metaphysics in a succinct and easily accessible work of philosophy. Felt draws upon the work of Aristotle, and more often on that of Aquinas and Whitehead, through a method of phenomenological interpretation. . . . Felt's book not only provides a wealth of thought provoking phenomenological description about human experience, but it additionally raises some interesting questions about the process of philosophical investigation." --"Dialogue"


"This book lives up to its title. It is brief, and it presents a metaphysics that, although influenced in fundamental ways by Aquinas, is made contemporary by the contributions of Whitehead and by the author's highly original efforts to bring about a synthesis between the two." --"Catholic Library World"


"This is a very engaging exploration into a philosophical terrain where few nowadays care to venture, one that has been subjected to much deconstruction in recent times. . . . Even if we do not always agree with where Felt wants to take us in this onto-teleology, as we read the book we cannot help but get engaged in the unassuming and rigorous exploration that it presents as a result of a long life of reflecting and teaching this difficult subject. We should be thankful for the publication of such a good model for teaching metaphysics as we learn it and for learning metaphysics as we teach it." --"Philosophy Reviews"


This is a very engaging exploration into a philosophical terrain where few nowadays care to venture, one that hasbeen subjected to much deconstruction in recent times. . . . Even if we do not always agree with where Felt wants to take us in this onto-teleology, as we read the book we cannot help but get engaged in the unassuming and rigorous exploration that it presents as a result of a long life of reflecting and teaching this difficult subject. We should be thankful for the publication of such a good model for teaching metaphysics as we learn it and for learning metaphysics as we teach it. "Philosophy Reviews""


This book lives up to its title. It is brief, and it presents a metaphysics that, although influenced in fundamental ways by Aquinas, is made contemporary by the contributions of Whitehead and by the author's highly original efforts to bring about a synthesis between the two. "Catholic Library World" "


The notion of teleology is deeply embedded in the origins of Western philosophy as exemplified by Aristotelian philosophy. James W. Felt s book, entitled "Aims: A Brief Metaphysics for Today," attempts to continue this tradition by constructing a teleological, or goal-oriented, or metaphysics in a succinct and easily accessible work of philosophy. Felt draws upon the work of Aristotle, and more often on that of Aquinas and Whitehead, through a method of phenomenological interpretation. . . . Felt s book not only provides a wealth of thought provoking phenomenological description about human experience, but it additionally raises some interesting questions about the process of philosophical investigation. "Dialogue""


"This is a very engaging exploration into a philosophical terrain where few nowadays care to venture, one that has been subjected to much deconstruction in recent times. . . . Even if we do not always agree with where Felt wants to take us in this onto-teleology, as we read the book we cannot help but get engaged in the unassuming and rigorous exploration that it presents as a result of a long life of reflecting and teaching this difficult subject. We should be thankful for the publication of such a good model for teaching metaphysics as we learn it and for learning metaphysics as we teach it." --Philosophy Reviews


"This book lives up to its title. It is brief, and it presents a metaphysics that, although influenced in fundamental ways by Aquinas, is made contemporary by the contributions of Whitehead and by the author's highly original efforts to bring about a synthesis between the two." --Catholic Library World


"The notion of teleology is deeply embedded in the origins of Western philosophy as exemplified by Aristotelian philosophy. James W. Felt's book, entitled Aims: A Brief Metaphysics for Today, attempts to continue this tradition by constructing a teleological, or goal-oriented, or metaphysics in a succinct and easily accessible work of philosophy. Felt draws upon the work of Aristotle, and more often on that of Aquinas and Whitehead, through a method of phenomenological interpretation. . . . Felt's book not only provides a wealth of thought provoking phenomenological description about human experience, but it additionally raises some interesting questions about the process of philosophical investigation." --Dialogue

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