Metaphysics and the Modern World

By Donald Phillip Verene

Metaphysics and the Modern World

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  • Pages: 166
  • Publication Date: 9/2/2016
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Metaphysics and the Modern World

By Donald Phillip Verene

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  • ISBN: 9781498238014
  • Pages: 166
  • Publication Date: 9/2/2016
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About-

Metaphysics and the Modern World makes the abiding questions of the nature of the self, world, and God available for the modern reader. Donald Phillip Verene presents these questions in both their systematic and historical dimensions, beginning with Aristotle's claim in his Metaphysics that philosophy begins in wonder. The first three chapters concern the origin of metaphysics as the transformation of the conception of reality in ancient Greek mythology, the ontological argument as the basis of Christian metaphysics, and the Renaissance cosmology of infinite worlds and the coincidence of contraries. The final four chapters present the central issues of the metaphysics of history through the New Science of Vico, the principle of true infinity of Hegel's Logic, the dialectic of spirit and life in Cassirer's Metaphysics of Symbolic Forms, and the conception of actual entities and God in Whitehead's Process and Reality. In these discussions, the reader will find a lively and learned account of a field of philosophy that is often thought difficult to access, but in this work becomes most accessible and a pleasure to read.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"This book worthily complements Donald Verene's Moral Philosophy and the Modern World. Reading these works of Verene has a restorative effect in a philosophical sense. We find an invigorating witness to a properly measured confidence in the vocation of philosophy. This current book does not disappoint one on this score. Against often thoughtless rejections and misconceived critiques of metaphysics, this book renews the ancient and ever new perplexities of philosophy. It does this by mindful engagement with a group of great thinkers, ancient and modern, who have been companions in Verene's own participation in the long conversation of the philosophical tradition. An impressive work, seeking the knowledge of 'things human and divine.' Very highly recommended."
--William Desmond, Professor of Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven, Belgium; David Cook Chair in Philosophy, Villanova University, USA

"With the astonishing erudition we have come to expect from him, Professor Verene has produced an extraordinary essay on metaphysics in the European tradition. From Plato and Aristotle, Anselm and Cusanus, Vico and Hegel, to Cassirer and Whitehead, he shows how metaphysics in the sense of thinking the whole, or thinking being, rests upon mythic imagination as mediated by poetry, including both within itself as reformed by reason. He has served us ancient wisdom made fresh and compelling."
--Robert Cummings Neville, Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Theology,
Boston University; Author of Nurture in Time and Eternity

Contributors-

Donald Phillip Verene

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Donald Phillip Verene is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy and director of the Institute for Vico Studies at Emory University. His previous books include Hegel's Absolute (2007), Speculative Philosophy (2009), The Origins of the Philosophy of Symbolic Forms (2011), Moral Philosophy and the Modern World (2013), and Vico's New Science (2015). He has been Visiting Fellow at Oxford University and is Fellow of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome.

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