Originally published in 1963. An outline of the metaphysical positions held by such major philosophers as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hegel, Kant, Hume, Moore, Bradley, Wittgenstein. The author maintains – controversially – that metaphysical arguments have a close bearing on religious and moral beliefs.
Reviews of the original publication:
"This book has the virtues we expect of its author. It is clear, judicious, sober, a very professional job…a valuable contribution to the teaching literature of the subject." Oxford Magazine
"A very well-balanced and judicious survey of its field of inquiry. It will be especially useful to the well-informed reader." Philosophical Books
Preface 1. Introduction 2. The Philosophy of Plato 3. Metaphysics as News from Nowhere 4. Materialism and Aristotelianism 5. Metaphysics without Ontology 6. The Limits of Reason: Descartes and Cogito ergo sum 7. The Limits of Reason: Hume and Causality 8. Contemporary Anti-metaphysics 9. The Origins of Hegelianism 10. Metaphysical Assertion and Metaphysical Argument 11. True and False in Metaphysics 12. Metaphysics and Analysis
Reissuing works originally published between 1937 and 1992, this collection of original texts addresses the philosophical realm of metaphysics, not only ontology but the philosophy of science, religion and morals. The theory of values and the theory of absolutes are the subject of more than one volume, while others take a broader spectrum and outlay the history of the philosophical arguments. The nature of objects and questions of being and identity are addressed from very different perspectives. With some volumes by very eminent thinkers, this is a great addition to any collection on philosophy.