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.
Table of Contents
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
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