Leibniz, Whitehead and the Metaphysics of Causation

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    Leibniz, Whitehead and the Metaphysics of Causation

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    Introduces the reader to Whitehead's complex and often misunderstood metaphysics by showing that it deals with questions about the nature of causation originally raised by the philosophy of Leibniz. Whitehead's philosophy is an attempt at rehabilitating Leibniz's theory of monads by recasting it in terms of novel ontological categories Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) was the greatest speculative metaphysician of the twentieth century and a teacher to contemporary philosophers Russell and Quine. This study introduces the reader to his complex and often misunderstood metaphysics by showing that it deals with questions about the nature of causation originally raised by the philosophy of Leibniz. Whitehead's philosophy is interpreted as an attempt at rehabilitating Leibniz's theory of monads by recasting it in terms of novel ontological categories. The book first explains why Whitehead could look at Leibniz as a living philosophical option and then goes on to critically examine his theories of monadic interaction and of divine agency. Whitehead's relevance to contemporary thought becomes clear as soon as we realize that the questions he was concerned with -- including the fundamental one as to the very nature and purpose of philosophy -- are still at the centre of contemporary debates. Preface and Acknowledgements Introduction: From Leibniz to Whitehead The Conception of Substance: Whitehead, Russell, and Leibniz The Relevance of Leibniz: Ward's Theory of Monads The Phenomenology of Causation: Whitehead and Hume The Metaphysics of Causation: Whitehead, Hume, and James The Reality of Forms: Whitehead's Theistic Argument The Final View: the Dipolar Conception of God Epilogue: Is a Leibnizian Metaphysics Still Possible Today? Notes Bibliography Index

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    Introduces the reader to Whitehead's complex and often misunderstood metaphysics by showing that it deals with questions about the nature of causation originally raised by the philosophy of Leibniz. Whitehead's philosophy is an attempt at rehabilitating Leibniz's theory of monads by recasting it in terms of novel ontological categories Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) was the greatest speculative metaphysician of the twentieth century and a teacher to contemporary philosophers Russell and Quine. This study introduces the reader to his complex and often misunderstood metaphysics by showing that it deals with questions about the nature of causation originally raised by the philosophy of Leibniz. Whitehead's philosophy is interpreted as an attempt at rehabilitating Leibniz's theory of monads by recasting it in terms of novel ontological categories. The book first explains why Whitehead could look at Leibniz as a living philosophical option and then goes on to critically examine his theories of monadic interaction and of divine agency. Whitehead's relevance to contemporary thought becomes clear as soon as we realize that the questions he was concerned with -- including the fundamental one as to the very nature and purpose of philosophy -- are still at the centre of contemporary debates. Preface and Acknowledgements Introduction: From Leibniz to Whitehead The Conception of Substance: Whitehead, Russell, and Leibniz The Relevance of Leibniz: Ward's Theory of Monads The Phenomenology of Causation: Whitehead and Hume The Metaphysics of Causation: Whitehead, Hume, and James The Reality of Forms: Whitehead's Theistic Argument The Final View: the Dipolar Conception of God Epilogue: Is a Leibnizian Metaphysics Still Possible Today? Notes Bibliography Index

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    • Jezik: angleški
    • Leto izida: 2009
    • Število strani: 192
    • ISBN/EAN: 9780230580619
    • Mere izdelka vxš: 22,3 x 14,2
    • Vezava: Trda
    • Datum Izida: 14.05.09
    • Založba: Palgrave
    • Avtor: Pierfrancesco Basile
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