Naive Metaphysics: A theory of subjective and objective worlds

Naive Metaphysics: A theory of subjective and objective worlds

by Geoffrey Klempner

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"If anyone has doubts about the continuing validity of metaphysics as a philosophical concern this book ought to remove those doubts. Geoffrey Klempner has produced an essay in metaphysics which not only has great depth but also constitutes a vindication of the subject. Perhaps the most obvious forerunner is Aristotle in his conception of 'First Philosophy', although the reader may find echoes of other philosophers — Wittgenstein and perhaps Schopenhauer — especially in connection with the clash between first and third person views of the world, and the primacy of the agent in that regard. Fundamentally, however, the book and its argument are entirely those of the author. It is a work of very considerable originality, not easy perhaps but one of unmistakable importance and standing. Its argument and its conclusions deserve serious consideration by all those interested in the fundamentals of philosophy. The book is a first class contribution to the subject and the author's arguments demand the greatest respect. It is perhaps some time since such an impressive exercise in metaphysics has appeared on the scene, and anyone concerned with philosophy in its most abstract and profound aspects should welcome this book and find interest and stimulation in it."
— Professor D.W. Hamlyn

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781078709408
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 08/14/2019
Edition description: 3rd ed.
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Born in London in 1951, Geoffrey Klempner attended University College School 1964-69. During 1970-71 he worked as a photographer's assistant, followed by a brief spell on Fleet Street at Barratt's Photo-Press.

In 1976, he gained a First Class Honours BA in Philosophy from Birkbeck College London. He went on to University College Oxford, where he gained his B.Phil in Philosophy in 1978, followed by a D.Phil in 1982.
He moved to Sheffield in 1985, where he did a period of part-time teaching for the University of Sheffield, Rotherham College and the WEA.

In 1994, his book Naive Metaphysics was published by Avebury. Professor D.W. Hamlyn, Editor of Mind 1972-84, described it as "s a work of very considerable originality, not easy perhaps but one of unmistakable importance and standing."

In 1995 he founded Pathways to Philosophy, which has attracted students from over 90 countries, including students taking the BA (Hons) in Philosophy through the University of London International Programme.

He has authored numerous blogs including ‘Glass House Philosopher’, ‘Sophist’ and ‘Hedgehog Philosopher’. His most recent article is ‘Philosophy, Ethics and Dialogue’ which appeared in the Journal of Dialogue Studies.

He is widowed, with three daughters.

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