by Paul Weiss

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Defining an "emphatic" as an intrusion that alters the import of what it intrudes on, Weiss sets the stage for an exquisitely systematic, speculative study of the major themes confronting modern metaphysics. The idea of an emphatic has its roots in Weiss's long-developed pluralistic ontology, with special focus on what we experience as an "emphasis." The most obvious examples are grammatical devices such as changed pitch in speech or exclamation and question marks in writing. Weiss also analyzes emphatics in etiquette, social status, nature, art, conventional behavior, encyclopedias, psychiatry, and religion.

Brilliant in every respect, Emphatics rewrites Weiss's systematic ontology in new terms. Not only are the lineaments of the system reexamined, but this book floods the reader with new perspectives and insights on relationship, signs, truth, particularity, space-time causality, education, mind-body issues, Being and other ultimate philosophical categories, and good and evil.

Weiss engages the various objections to his position in a series of question-and-answer epilogues at the end of each chapter that allow the reader to follow step-by-step a great philosophical mind at work. He takes his critics seriously, grapples with their objections, and answers them honestly. His discourse creatively revisits age-old questions and in reimagining new answers establishes the continuing relevance of philosophy as an academic discipline.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826513533
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Series: Vanderbilt Library of American Philosophy Series
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Founder of the Metaphysical Society fifty years ago, Paul Weiss is preeminent among American speculative and systematic philosophers. Two of his most recent books are Being and Other Realities (1995) and Creative Ventures (1992).

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