Intuition and Ideality

Intuition and Ideality

by David Weissman



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887064272
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/28/1987
Series: SUNY series in Systematic Philosophy Series
Pages: 309

About the Author

David Weissman is Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York.

Table of Contents



One. Method, Mind and Ontology

1. The alleged neutrality of philosophic method
2. Descartes' method
3. Functionalism
4. Psychologism
5. Descartes' intuitionism
6. Plato and Descartes
7. Descartes' notion of intuiting mind
8. A different way of determining mind's features
9. Is mind inspectable?
10. The ontology of Descartes' method
11. Does knowledge reach beyond our inspecting minds?
12. God's role in Descartes' theory of knowledge
13. The opposition of theory and method
14. Method's ascendence over theory

Two. The Dialectical Cycles of Intuitionist Method

1. A privileged sanctuary
2. Four organizing notions
3. Content and form
4. The dialectical refinements of content and form
5. The reciprocity of mind and experience
6. Providing for content and form, mind and experience
7. The justifications for intuitionist method
8. Conclusions

Three. Intuitionist Method's Defining Properties

1. The given
2. Contingency and necessity
3. The given is inspected
4. Analysis and synthesis
5. The temporality of things given
6. Certainty
7. Summary

Four. The Intuitionist Ontology and Psychology

1. The intuitionist ontology
2. The intuitionist psychology
3. The alternative again

Five. Topical Metaphysics: Cause and Effect

1. Systematic and topical metaphysics
2. Two kinds of topical analysis
3. Cause and effect as an example for topical analysis
4. Hume's theory of cause and effect
5. Unsatisfactory alternatives
6. Some reasons for Providing a different theory of cause
7. Two kinds of theory about causation
8. A theory of cause alternative to Hume's
9. Hume on stable systems and their causes
10. Why we defer to Hume
11. Some twentieth century Humean views about cause
12. Whitehead's notion of cause
13. Whitehead and Hume

Six. Systematic Metaphysics: Mind's Appropriation of Being

1. Systematic metaphysics
2. Two meanings of systematic
3. The result to be explained
4. A prescriptivist creation story
5. Three features for which to provide when making a world
6. Four additional questions
7. Elevating the cogito to Godhood
8. The more rigorous formulation of this result
9. Idealism is the consequence of intuitionist method
10. Why intuiting mind disappears
11. Intuiting mind as the paradigm for reality
12. An alternative to intuitionist idealism



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