Process Metaphysics: An Introduction to Process Philosophy
Rescher (Nicholas)
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  1. This is a synoptic, compact, and accessible exposition for readers who want to inform themselves regarding this influential and interesting sector of twentieth century American philosophy.
  2. "In this book, one of the nation's most literate, prolific, and respected philosophers brings his considerable analytic skills to bear on process philosophy. It is over 30 years since a philosopher of such national and international stature has chosen to focus on the main issues of this extensive but neglected philosophical school.
  3. Earlier evaluations of process philosophy by Strawson, Rorty, and Grunbaum, moreover, were partial, selective, and often rested upon serious misunderstandings.
  4. By contrast, Rescher aims at a comprehensive, fair, and impartial treatment of the main problems in analytic metaphysics, including now-standard problems in logic, language, and epistemology, to which a process-oriented approach offers substantive insights.
  5. Rescher offers a calm, thoughtful, and open-minded analysis of problems such as personhood1 and personal identity, the status of universals2 and particulars, our understanding of nature and of biological and cultural evolution, and brief discussions of philosophical approaches to the nature of scientific inquiry itself and to theology that coordinate the insights of process philosophy and with the work of many leading contemporary Anglo-American philosophers.
  6. This is a masterly treatment and a monumental achievement, resulting in an eminently readable introduction and survey for specialists and a useful and instructive outline for students."
    → George R. Lucas, Jr., National Endowment for the Humanities


State University of New York Press; First Edition (1 Feb. 1996)

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