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Overview

CUA Studies in Metaphysics and Epistemology contains six volumes of scholarship on metaphysics and epistemology. These volumes are packed with essays that explore being, reality, truth, God, and philosophical approaches. These investigative essays examine significant philosophical questions, offering the insight of both fresh and seasoned scholars to provide comprehensive coverage of the issues. Students and teachers of philosophy, and those interested in metaphysics and epistemology will find this collection a useful addition to their digital library.

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Key Features

  • Investigates metaphysics and epistemology
  • Explores significant philosophical questions
  • Contains dozens of essays by leading scholars

Individual Titles

The Texture of Being: Essays in First Philosophy

  • Author: Kenneth L. Schmitz
  • Editor: Paul O’Herron
  • Series: Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy
  • Publisher: Catholic University of America
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 327

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In this volume, Schmitz brings his encyclopedic knowledge of the Western philosophical tradition to bear in a wide-ranging series of essays grouped under three headings: Being, Man, and God. He brings disparate philosophical traditions into conversation, such as classical Aristotelian-Thomistic metaphysics, the modern critical rationalism of Kant, the idealist synthesis of Hegel, the postmodern deconstructionism of Derrida and Foucault, and the personalist phenomenology of Scheler, Von Hildebrand, and Wojtyla.

[Schmitz] unites an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the history of philosophy, a commitment to traditional metaphysics, and a creative mind that both challenges and profits from advances made in modern and post-modern philosophy.

Review of Metaphysics

Kenneth L. Schmitz is professor of philosophy at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family as well as a fellow of Trinity College and professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the author of numerous works including At the Center of the Human Drama: The Philosophy of Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II.

Paul O’Herron teaches philosophy at Mount St. Mary’s College in Newburgh, New York.

The Ultimate Why Question: Why Is There Anything at All Rather than Nothing Whatsoever?

  • Editor: John F. Wippel
  • Series: Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy
  • Publisher: Catholic University of America
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 261

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This volume gathers studies by prominent scholars and philosophers about “the ultimate why question”: why is there anything at all rather than nothing whatsoever? The authors take this question seriously, striving to go beyond accounting for the present state of reality as distinguished from a prior or subsequent state, to the more profound question of discerning why anything whatsoever exists.

An excellent collection of very interesting explorations of the ultimate why question. This collection persuasively confirms not only the unavoidability of the question but also the rich resources of thought that different philosophers have brought and still bring to the question.

—William Desmond, professor of philosophy, The Catholic University of Leuven

John F. Wippel is the Theodore Basselin Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America. He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles including The Metaphysical Thought of Thomas Aquinas, Metaphysical Themes in Thomas Aquinas, and Metaphysical Themes in Thomas Aquinas II. Wippel has been the recipient of prestigious awards and honors including the Aquinas Medal of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.

The Science of Being as Being: Metaphysical Investigations

  • Editor: Gregory T. Doolan
  • Series: Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy
  • Publisher: Catholic University of America
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 323

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This volume on the science of being as being is composed in honor of internationally prominent metaphysician, John F. Wippel, Theodore Basselin Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America. Scholars present studies on key philosophical and historical issues in the field. Though varied, the investigations address three major metaphysical themes: the subject matter of metaphysics, metaphysical aporiae, and philosophical theology.

Gregory T. Doolan is associate professor of philosophy at the Catholic University of America, and author of Aquinas on the Divine Ideas as Exemplar Causes.

The Intimate Strangeness of Being: Metaphysics after Dialectic

  • Author: William Desmond
  • Series: Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy
  • Publisher: Catholic University of America
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 312

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This book explores the contested place of metaphysics since Kant and Hegel, arguing for a renewed metaphysical thinking about the intimate strangeness of being. There is a mysterious strangeness to being at all, and yet there is also something intimate. Without the intimacy, argues William Desmond, we become strangers in being; without the mystery, we take being for granted. The book locates the origin of metaphysics’ contested place in recessed equivocations in Kantian critique and Hegelian dialectic, equivocations that keep from view the more original sources of metaphysical thinking. It takes issue with contemporary claims about the “overcoming of metaphysics” associated with Heidegger, the “deconstruction of metaphysics” associated with Derrida, as well as with claims that a new “postmetaphysical thinking” is necessary.

This book is an important marker on William Desmond’s remarkable and stimulating philosophical journey. It is a nuanced and forceful defence of the metaphysical as a fundamental mode of human experience and expression.

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly

William Desmond is currently professor of philosophy at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven as well as David Cook Visiting Chair at Villanova University. He is the author of many books, including Being and the Between (winner of the Prix Cardinal Mercier and the J.N. Findlay Award for best book in metaphysics, 1995–1997); Is There a Sabbath for Thought?: Between Religion and Philosophy; and God and the Between. He has also edited five books and published more than 80 articles. He is the former president of the Hegel Society of America, the Metaphysical Society of America, and the American Catholic Philosophical Association.

Categories: Historical and Systematic Essays

  • Editors: Michael Gorman and Johnathan J. Sanford
  • Series: Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy
  • Publisher: Catholic University of America
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 309

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The essays in this volume, written by a mix of well-established and younger philosophers, bridge divides between historical and systematic approaches in philosophy as well divides between analytical, continental, and American traditions. They offer new interpretations of Aristotle, Confucius, Aquinas, Buridan, Kant, Pierce, Husserl, and Wittgenstein, and they challenge received views on normativity, the value of set theory, the objectivity of category schemes, and other topics.

This volume is the first to offer a comprehensive examination of the subject and challenges mainstream positions on category theory. It will be of particular interest to philosophers and others concerned with how the world is divided.

Contributors

  • C. Wesley DeMarco
  • Dagfinn Føllesdal
  • Newton Garver
  • Jorge J. E. Gracia
  • Carl Hausman
  • Helen Lang
  • William E. McMahon
  • Timothy S. Quinn
  • May Sim
  • Barry Smith
  • Robert Sokolowski
  • Eleonore Stump
  • Mariam Thalos
  • David Weissman
All of the essays in this collection are new, written especially for this volume. Many of them do a wonderful job of showing the similarities and differences between the major thinkers on the nature of categories. [This book] will serve as a valuable and informative tool to the specialist and non-specialist alike.

Review of Metaphysics

Michael Gorman is assistant professor of philosophy at the Catholic University of America.

Jonathan J. Sanford is assistant professor of philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Truth: Studies of a Robust Presence

  • Editor: Kurt Pritz
  • Series: Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy
  • Publisher: Catholic University of America
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 368

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Truth: Studies of a Robust Presence brings together groundbreaking studies of objective truth as a robust, philosophically consequential reality and a compelling presence in all areas and dimensions of human life. After an era of philosophical reflection in both the Anglo-American and Continental traditions dominated by the denial or compromise of the standing and centrality of truth, important philosophers are again taking up and advancing the case for objective and substantial truth. This volume makes a unique contribution to this movement by presenting studies that enlarge and enliven the logical argument for truth by articulating and exploring the rich and robust presence of truth in various areas of human life and knowing, both speculative and practical.

Contributors

  • Jan A. Aertsen
  • Brian Bix
  • Daniel O. Dahlstrom
  • Daniel Garber
  • Susan Haack
  • Sean Dorrance Kelly
  • John Milbank
  • Mitchell Miller
  • Timothy Noone
  • Robert Wood
Combining textual and historical approaches, the study as a whole provides the reader with a sense of how compelling and complex the question of truth is today, and how important it is that such questions are raised and, to the degree that one is able, how well they are answered. It is a study that will interest both the historian and the specialist in philosophy. . . . More proper for academics and advanced graduate students, the volume brings together the major voices and traditions in the conversation about truth, a conversation that is as old, and as important, as philosophy itself.

—Mary Beth Ingham, C. S. J, Thomist

Kurt Pritzl, O. P., is dean of the School of Philosophy and associate professor at the Catholic University of America. He specializes in ancient Greek philosophy and the theory of knowledge. He has published articles on early Greek philosophy, on dialectic and received opinion in Plato, and on Aristotle’s cognitional theory and account of the soul. He has also published on the role of philosophy in the intellectual and spiritual formation of seminary students.

Product Details

  • Title: CUA Studies in Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Series: Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy
  • Publisher: Catholic University of America
  • Volumes: 6
  • Pages: 1,900