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By Mark Pestana

The papers during this quantity supply us with an exceptional pattern of latest metaphysical inquiries. This assortment will supply readers a feeling of the kind of metaphysical investigations which are now being performed via thinkers within the Western nations.

Introductory Chapter
1 The Metaphysical personality of Philosophy
2 visual appeal and truth in Parmenides
3 the character of Metaphysics and technology: the matter of the single and the various in Thomas Aquinas
4 Metaphysics among Reductionism and a Non-Reductionist Ontology
5 Whiteheadian based Societies as Open-Ended structures and Open-Ended structures as Whiteheadian based Societies
6 The that means of schooling within the Age of Technology
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Rep. 511b. 33 Rep. 511b. 34 Met 1003 a 34 35 Cf. I. Düring, Aristoteles. Darstellung und Interpretation seines Denkens (Heidelberg: Carl Winter 1966), 596. 31 32 The Metaphysical Character of Philosophy 21 in Aristotle's eyes, in the annihilation of "substance and that which being is" (ousian kai to ti ēn einai)36. 40 Explanation of the substantial structures of reality begins accordingly with sensibly perceivable "substances", which may be corruptible or perennial, but finishes with explication of the eidetic structures which are the principles and causes of unity and knowledge.

Taking Kant's unification of the three fundamental questions of philosophy in the key question of how to reflect upon the nature of human beings as model, representatives of a metaphysics of subjectivity advocate focussing modern ontology on human subjectivity. In their view, only Henrich, Bewußtes Leben, 82. Cf. Nagl 313. 83 Cf. Henrich, Konzepte, S. 72. Frank (1997), 13 f. 632). 85 Cf. W. Sellars, Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind [EPM*], edited by Robert Brandom, (Harvard University Press.

999 a 28-30. 42 Cf. Diels-Kranz, Vol 2, 80 [74], B 1. 36 37 22 Metaphysics and unshakeable foundation in human self-consciousness. The metaphysical principle which Descartes arrives at by the method of doubt, upon which fundamentum inconcussum the reliability and certainty of our knowledge and thought processes are based, is the selfconsciousness of the thinking subject: the cogito me cogitare. Thought (cogitatio) is the one constituent of human existence which cannot be eliminated in the process of doubt.

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