- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (January 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1623567181
- ISBN-13: 978-1623567187
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Toward a Philosophical Theory of Everything: Contributions to the Structural-Systematic Philosophy
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“To read this book is to feel oneself liberated from some of philosophy's oldest dogmas. Rejecting the view that systematic philosophy has to provide unchangeable truth, White undertakes a "theory of everything" which aspires instead to be the best available. In so doing he connects many dots that have long needed connecting, from the ontology of propositions to the purpose of religion. He does this speedily, yet without haste; clearly, yet without simplification. Whether or not one agrees with all details of his presentation, Toward a Philosophical Theory of Everything clearly points philosophy into a new and different future.” ―John McCumber, Distinguished Professor, Department of Germanic Languages, UCLA, USA
“While the term 'theory of everything' is usually associated with contemporary physics, this book shows that such a theory properly pertains to philosophy. Indeed, the author convincingly argues that no theory presented by contemporary physics could really be a 'theory of everything' since contemporary physics has as its subject matter a restricted universe of discourse. Conversely, philosophy is a strictly theoretical endeavor whose subject matter is the unrestricted universe of discourse. And since the unrestricted universe of discourse includes everything, a philosophical theory whose subject matter is the unrestricted universe of discourse is a philosophical theory of everything. The range of philosophical topics the author addresses in this book is impressive; topics which are both of great philosophical importance and of deep human concern.” ―Carlo Cellucci, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
“Though painstaking in his attention to salient details and sharply focused on the intricacies of meaning, evidence, and argumentation, there is nothing at all scholastic or self-enclosed about the manner in which the author explores topics of fundamental philosophical significance and, more often than not, of deep human import. One of the strengths of this work (and there are many) is that this "theory" exposes and indeed explodes the pretentions of scientism. A first-rate contribution to the speculative tradition of philosophical thought.” ―Vincent M. Colapietro, Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University, USA
“Alan White has provided an accessible and yet rigorous and compelling introduction to structural-systematic philosophy. Structural-systematic philosophy takes full account of key insights from analytic philosophy, continental philosophy, and modern science, but because it does not limit itself to any particular mode of discourse, it can convincingly claim to be a "philosophical theory of everything." Clearly presented and tightly argued, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in systematic philosophy.” ―Michael Baur, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University, USA
“TAPTOE opens philosophical inquiry to "everything" by not restricting the universe of discourse in the quest for comprehensive knowledge. The critiques of philosophical views on truth, knowledge, freedom, beauty, being, and God are carefully argued, and the discussions engage with current literature...This is a critically important work for all those deeply interested in philosophical issues and their significance for basic human concerns. Useful index. Summing Up: Highly recommended.” ―EH. C. Byerly, emeritus, University of Arizona, CHOICE
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