Nature's Perspectives: Prospects for Ordinal Metaphysics

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Focuses on biology, health, and characteristic illnesses of prehistoric, historical, and contemporary native populations of Canada. It contains 2,100 entries (eighty percent of which are annotated) collected from the Masterfile data base of the University of Manitoba. generation of eco-theorists. Paper edition (0492-7), $24.95. (RC) An anthology of both original and reprinted essays on the work of philosopher Justus Buchler (b. 1914), intended not as a festschrift but as a study in ordinal metaphysics for philosophers and scholars. The ordinal framework refuses to privilege the traits of the human process and project them onto nature as a whole; it entails, rather, that there is no privileged order of nature, and that human perspectives (even of other human perspectives) are in, of, and about nature. A powerful position, powerfully examined, and one that deserves the attention not only of philosophers, but of the current Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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  • ISBN-13: 9780791404928
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1990
  • Pages: 391

Table of Contents



List of Abbreviations


Notes and Reflections on Justus Buchler
Sidney Gelber

Part One: Critical and Systematic Overview
Introduction to Part One

Toward a Radical Naturalism
Sidney Gelber

Buchler's Metaphysics
Richard J. Bernstein

Nature, Power and Prospect: Justus Buchler''s System of Philosophy
Sidney Gelber and Kathleen Wallace

Part Two: General Ontology
Introduction to Part Two

Substitutes for Substance
Beth J. Singer

The Concept of Identity in Justus Buchler and Mahayana Buddhism
Marjorie Cantor Miller

The Nature of Categorical Theory
Abraham Edel

Possibility: Three Recent Ontologies
Phil Weiss

Ordinal Possibility: A Metaphysical Concept
Kathleen Wallace

Weiss/Wallace Discussion: Possibility and Metaphysics
Weiss, Possibility: Temperament and Argument
Wallace: Skeptical Openness

Ordinality and Materialism
John Ryder

Part Three: Systematic Extensions and Applications
Introduction to Part Three

Natural Obligation, Natural Appropriation
Matthew Lipman

Relativism and Metaphysics: On Justus Buchler and Richard Rorty
Lawrence E. Cahoone

The Assertive, the Active, and the Exhibitive
I. A. Richards

Reading Poems with Buchler
Roland Garrett

Reference, Interpretation, and Articulation: Rethinking Meaning in the Arts
Armen Marsoobian

Exhibitive Judgment and Freud: Toward a New Interpretation of Dreams
Ann-Mari Wallen Wachter

Buchler's Conception of Community
James Campbell

Buchler's Ordinal Metaphysics and Process Theology
Peter H. Hare and John Ryder

Ordinality and the Divine Natures
Robert S. Corrington


Bibliography of Secondary Works on Justus Buchler

Name Index

Subject Index

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