A Plea for Naturalistic Metaphysics

Why Analytic Metaphysics is Not Enough

Authors: Steinvorth, Ulrich

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  • Explains why analytic philosophy must ​become synthetic, normative, and naturalistic
  • Argues that self-regulation is the common property of all being, that we can talk of an increase or escalation of self-regulation in the evolution of being, and that self-regulation becomes self-determination in man
  • Draws on cybernetics, dual process theory, physical cosmology, and Leibniz
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In this small book, Ulrich Steinvorth describes the reasons why analytic philosophy, which started as an anti-metaphysical project, has become a strong advocate of metaphysics, and why it must become synthetic, normative, and naturalistic. Steinvorth argues that self-regulation is the common property of all being, that we can talk of an increase or escalation of self-regulation in the evolution of being, and that self-regulation becomes self-determination in man. Considering objections to this view related to questions of free will, consciousness, the naturalistic fallacy, and teleology, he draws on cybernetics, dual process theory, physical cosmology, and Leibniz’s (“demiurgic”) idea of measuring the goodness of a world by the number of possibilities opened up by the world. To test his approach and show its political relevance, he applies it to political liberalism.

 

  

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Ulrich Steinvorth is Professor Emeritus at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and lives in the United States. He has published numerous books and articles on political philosophy, ethics, and metaphysics in German, English, and French, and has taught philosophy at universities in Germany, France, Turkey, Japan, China, and the USA.

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Table of contents (3 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Plea for Naturalistic Metaphysics
Book Subtitle
Why Analytic Metaphysics is Not Enough
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-72603-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-72603-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-72602-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 97
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