The Rational and the Real: An Essay in Metaphysics

The Rational and the Real: An Essay in Metaphysics

by L Armour

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A book with so Hegelian a title should, I suppose, be more Hegelian than this one. I share with Hegel the conviction that the rational is the real and the real is the rational. I have learned something from Hegel and borrowed here and there. But the reader should not jump to conclusions. I rather fear that anti-Hegelians will not get past the title and that Hegelians, upon discovering heresy, will give up after the first chapter, but I continue to hope that my fear is quite unjustified. I should, I think, say something about the relation between this book and an earlier work, a University of London Ph. D. thesis, entitled Some Problems in British Idealist Ontology - a Re-examination and Attempted Reconstruction. There, I surveyed some key problems in idealist metaphysics and also endeavoured to discover just how strong a case could be made for the idealist position. I decided that a pretty strong case could be made and I was very nearly convinced by it. The position I have developed here is no longer, strictly speaking, idealist though it is perhaps more nearly idealist than anything else. I have used some ideas developed in the earlier work and some of the chapter titles are the same.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789024700097
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 01/31/1962
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1962
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.01(d)

Table of Contents

I. The Problem and the Program.- II. Scepticism and the Self.- III. Thought and the Self.- IV. Thought and Reality.- V. The Content of Experience.- VI. The Structure of Experience.- 1. Space.- 2. Time.- 3. Change.- 4. Cause.- VII. Value and Reality.- VIII. Conclusion.

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