When I first conceived of this book, I intended to write a short book and one, the great philosophical figures of the past and a few very eminent contemporaries aside, which made no reference to other philosophers and contained no quotations, footnotes and the like. I ended up doing neither. Indeed I went nearly to the exact opposite. I wrote a rather long book with, among other things, extensive discussions of my contemporaries and near contemporaries.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Introduction: Viewing Philosophy -- Part I: Philosophy as Metaphysics -- 1. Speculative Metaphysics -- 2. Metaphysics and A Priori Knowledge -- Part Il: Philosophy as Epistemology -- 3. Epistemology and Skepticism -- 4. The Foundationalist Quest -- Part Ill: Philosophy as Critique -- 5. Philosophy and the Problems of Life -- 6. Critique and Meta-Inquiries -- Concluding-Remarks: An Anticipatory Postscript -- Bibliography -- Index -- About the Book and Author.
Kai Nielsen is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Calgary. He is the author of many books and articles on ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of religion, and metaphilosophy.