Being and the Cosmos

Being and the Cosmos : From Seeing to Indwelling

By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 8-11 business days.

Not ordering to the United States? Click here.


Robert Wood's aim in Being and Cosmos is to reestablish a speculative view of the cosmos that goes back to the ancient Greeks and that corresponds to the holism of contemporary physics. There are two sets of problems in contemporary thought that militate against any such attempt. Most widespread is scientific reductionism in biology and neuroscience that explains awareness in terms of the mechanisms that underlie it. The second is the widespread attack in philosophy itself on speculative holism by deconstruction and anti-foundationalism.

In Being and Cosmos, the tack against both is to make explicit the character of the mind that sees and thinks, that actively takes up commitment to the truth available in the disciplines involved. The basic ground of this position rests upon the functioning of the notion of Being that opens up the question of the character of the Whole and the human being's place in it. Thus position the treatment of the notion of Being as foundation and as orientation toward the Whole between the attack on reductionism and on deconstruction and anti-foundationalism. Wood concludes with a multidimensional sketch of an evolutionary view of the cosmos whose initial phases contain the potentialities for life, sensibility, and intellect as cosmic telos. The holism of contemporary physics has to be reconfigured in terms of this observation. Both reductionists and dualists should know that matter itself has to be re-minded and that mind itself matters.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7.62mm | 181.44g
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • 0813231175
  • 9780813231174

Review quote

"In a resounding challenge to assaults on holistic thinking, Robert Wood's Being and the Cosmos demonstrates how the notion of being provides a fundamental orientation to the cosmos and our place in it. With considerable erudition and insight, Wood charts the interior dimensions of life, as he makes the case that the cosmos has an 'inside' in a way that links an ancient view of the cosmos with the holism of contemporary physics."--Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Boston University

"Robert Wood's writing uniquely combines phenomenological insight, metaphysical depth, wide historical learning, and familiarity with contemporary thought. In these essays he brings his talents to bear on the fundamental question of the human being's place in the cosmos, countering reductionist and deconstructionist tendencies with an articulation of Being that opens up the question of the character of the Whole. He engages recent work in physics, biology, and neurophysiology as he argues for an evolutionary view of intellect as the cosmic telos. The result is a very important book."--Richard Velkley, Celia Scott Weatherhead Professor of Philosophy, Tulane University
show more

About Robert E. Wood

Robert E. Wood is professor of philosophy at the University of Dallas and the author of The Beautiful, The True and the Good: Studies in the History of Thought (CUA Press).
show more