- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Penn State University Press; 1 edition (April 10, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0271033746
- ISBN-13: 978-0271033747
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,368,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Structure and Being: A Theoretical Framework for a Systematic Philosophy 1st Edition
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“Puntel’s Structure and Being is a rare work of integration and synthesis. A book conceived and executed in the grand tradition of philosophical systematization, it integrates treatments of a wide array of fundamental philosophical problems within a grand overarching design. Examining key theories and theses from the Anglo-American analytic and the Continental European traditions, it both expounds and exemplifies a holistic vision of philosophy that can be appreciated by philosophers of both traditions alike.”
—Nicholas Rescher, University of Pittsburgh
“Through sustained critical engagement with the leading philosophical positions taken in the past century on both sides of the Atlantic, Structure and Being effectively challenges current conventional wisdom by elaborating a formidable theoretical framework for a structural systematic philosophy—an ongoing, self-grounding yet nonfoundationalist attempt to determine the nature of beings as completely and comprehensively as possible.”
—Daniel Dahlstrom, Boston University
“Structure and Being is rich and challenging. In an age in which the narrow specialist has taken center stage, Puntel has returned to an older tradition: that of the philosopher who attempts to understand the whole. For this he should be congratulated.”
—David Roochnik, Boston University
“Lorenz Puntel’s systematic structural philosophy is a bold and challenging attempt to overcome the contemporary fragmentation of philosophical discourse. Its depth and breadth regarding issues of logic, epistemology, philosophy of language, and metaphysics are unparalleled, as is the ease with which the author moves between so-called analytic and continental positions. Both the overall project as a new comprehensive metaphysics and the particular arguments developed demand a serious response from philosophers today.”
—Hans-Herbert Koegler, University of North Florida
About the Author
Lorenz B. Puntel, born in 1935, studied philosophy, psychology, classical philology, and Catholic theology in Munich, Vienna, Paris, Rome, and Innsbruck. He received a doctorate in philosophy in 1968 and one in Catholic theology in 1969. He qualified as a university lecturer in philosophy in 1972 and became Professor of Philosophy at the University of Munich in 1978. In 2001, he became Professor Emeritus.
Alan White received his BA from Tulane University in 1972 and his PhD from the Pennsylvania State University in 1980. In 2000, he became Mark Hopkins Professor of Philosophy at Williams College.
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There is, however, a massive exception: the 687-page book of Munich philosophy professor Lorenz B. Puntel with the sonorous title Struktur und Sein. The book appeared in 2006 and, this year, also in an English translation (Structure and Being). It is the most comprehensive, systematic, and up-to-the-minute work in contemporary philosophy. Specialists agree: there will still be talk of this book two hundred years from now. This is definitively not a philosophical mayfly. For anyone who is seriously interested in systematic philosophy that does not date from the distant past, it is a genuine must.
Its just under 700 pages are full of formal logic, mathematics, semantics, and ontology. These will be thick boards to drill through-they are not vague and vagrant musings about heaven and earth. Here, at the highest scientific level, the entire philosophical canon is considered: theoretical systematics, epistemology, the question of truth, the question about the deepest structures of being, physics and cosmology and the question about God, but also ethics and the mind-body problem. There is simply everything in this book.
This is an imposing resurrection of the Western metaphysics of being, here in modern dress. Having endured the purgatory of modernity, metaphysics has re-entered through the back door of analytic philosophy, and with it have come the truly great questions raised in human history. The author, Lorenz Puntel, is one of the rare cases of a scholar who is at home in many significant schools of philosophy. He began as a scholastic and then was a young star of German Hegelianism until he turned to analytic philosophy and there, too, became one of the leading thinkers. This is a writer who really knows what he is talking about.
Hence: anyone who wants to experience, quasi live, philosophy taking a powerful step forward, or who simply seeks philosophical overkill, will open this book and read.