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.
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.