Two Metaphysical Naturalisms

Two Metaphysical Naturalisms : Aristotle and Justus Buchler

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Two Metaphysical Naturalisms: Aristotle and Justus Buchler provides an American naturalist reading of Aristotle's "Metaphysics" with extensive literary-philological considerations of the original Greek text. Victorino Tejera defines and evaluates the underpinnings of the systematic metaphysics of Justus Buchler through the American tradition of reading Aristotle. The book expands on classical Greek thought and develops a matured stance on Aristotle's modes of knowing and Justus Buchler's systematic metaphysics. Tejera extracts from the Aristotelian-Peripatetic metaphysics the core of Aristotle's discussion of existence as existence by keeping track of the Peripatetic and Platonist interpolations of the editors who brought the text into being. The book also summarizes Buchler's Metaphysics of Natural Complexes in less technical terms to make it more accessible. With the help of Justus Buchler, Tejera reintroduces the concept of metaphysics as coordinative analysis. Finally bridging the classical with the modern, Tejera reveals a cohesive revitalization of metaphysical naturalism for contemporary scholars and students of both ancient and modern philosophy.show more

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  • Hardback | 306 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 4 tables
  • 0739194453
  • 9780739194454
  • 2,091,605

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A work of loving students for their teachers: a tale of the mission by dedicated mid-twentieth century professors at Columbia University to rescue Aristotle for modern readers, with insights on human nature, human knowledge, and the literary transmission of philosophy. -- James A. Arieti, Hampden-Sydney College This book is an indispensable resource for understanding both Aristotle and American naturalism as developed by Justus Buchler. Victorino Tejera and his editor have given us a much needed and illuminating commentary on Aristotle's Metaphysics that frees it from overly transcendental and theological interpretations by drawing on Buchler's radically pluralistic concepts of natural complexes and ontological parity -- Gary Shapiro, Tucker-Boatwright Professor in the Humanities-Philosophy, University of Richmond Two Metaphysical Naturalisms: Aristotle and Justus Buchler is an important scholarly contribution to both Aristotle studies and an often-neglected strain of American philosophy, "Columbia naturalism". Tejera convincingly demonstrates important philosophical connections between these fields of scholarship and his detailed treatment of Aristotle's texts, especially those that have come down to us as the Metaphysics, is an exemplar of careful textual analysis, sensitive to both the Greek language of its time and the philosophical debates that swirled around the master in the decades following his death. We are privileged to find in this volume a fine treatment of Justus Buchler, as well, and Tejera's work will be an important addition to the literature. -- Armen T. Marsoobian, Southern Connecticut State Universityshow more

About Victorino Tejera

Victorino Tejera is emeritus professor of philosophy and humanities at Stony Brook University.show more

Table of contents

Part I: Metaphysics from the Perspective of Classic American Philosophy Chapter 1: Metaphysics as Coordinative Analysis or Speculative Rhetoric Part II: The Aristotelian-Peripatetic Metaphysics: a Naturalist Reading and Critique Chapter 2: Books Alpha and Alpha the Less Chapter 3: Book Beta: Some Problems in the Search for Knowledge Chapter 4: Book Gamma: First Philosophy as the Study of Primary Being and the Most Basic Categories Chapter 5: Book Delta: Terms and Concepts Chapter 6: Books Epsilon and Zeta: On Primal Existence Chapter 7: Book Eta: On the Unity of Matter and Form: Potentiality Chapter 8: Book Theta: Potentiality is Power, Energeia is Function Chapter 9: Book Iota: Unity and Derivative Concepts Chapter 10: Book Kappa: Knowledge, Principles and First Philosophy Chapter 11: Book Lambda: Does Aristotle's Naturalism Leave Room for the Supernatural? Chapter 12: Books Mu and Nu: Mathematical Being, the Ideas, and First 'Archai' Part III: The Metaphysics of Ordinal Naturalism Chapter 13: Buchler's Modes of Judgment and Aristotle's Kinds of Knowing Chapter 14: Buchler's Metaphysics of Natural Complexes Chapter 15: Ordinality, Relation, Possibility and Actuality Chapter 16: The World as Infinite Complexes, and Nature as Ordinality Part IV: Applying Buchler's Metaphysics Chapter 17: Peirce, Parmenides, and Buchler on Continuity and Relatedness Chapter 18: Buchler, Peirce and Interpretation Theory Chapter 19: Buchler's Philosophy and Plato's Method Chapter 20: Did Plato Give a Lecture or a Recital?show more

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