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Metaphysics of Natural Complexes
Second, Expanded Edition
Metaphysics of Natural Complexes
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Justus Buchler - Author
Kathleen Wallace - Editor
Armen Marsoobian - Editor
Robert S. Corrington - Editor
Kathleen Wallace - Introduction
Hardcover - 308 pages
Release Date: December 1989
ISBN10: 0-7914-0182-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0182-8

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Paperback - 308 pages
Release Date: November 1989
ISBN10: 0-7914-0183-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0183-5

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During the past two decades Metaphysics of Natural Complexes has exerted a strong a growing influence on the continuing development of contemporary philosophy. This new and expanded edition acknowledges this influence and brings together much material. Included are the previously published articles “On the Concept of 'the World,'” and “Probing the Idea of Nature,” which Buchler wrote subsequent to Metaphysics of Natural Complexes as extensions and completions of the system. Previously unpublished work on the key concept of contour has also been added. In addition there are excerpts from Buchler's replies to his critics, a set of editors' notes to facilitate cross-referencing, and an updated index.

This work presents a bold and forceful metaphysics and general ontology. It provides a systematic framework for understanding the broadest features of the world and nature, and for locating our understanding of human nature, selfhood, and society as complexes in and of nature. Buchler's detailed analysis of identity, ordinality, nature, world, and validation advance our understanding of the basic categories to be used in defining and exploring whatever is. Unlike other contemporary philosophers that confine themselves to narrowly defined problems in hermeneutics or theory of knowledge, Buchler is unrelenting in his drive toward a more encompassing perspective, simultaneously combining interpretive precision with sheer breadth of vision.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
Acknowledgments to the Second Edition
Introduction to the Second Edition

I. The Rudimentary Considerations
II. Prevalence and Alescence
III. Ordinality and Relation
IV. Possibility and Actuality

Notes to the Original Editions

Appendix I: Selections from The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 14:1, 1976
Reply to Reck: The Structure of the Whole, The Location of the Parts
Reply to Anton: Against "Proper" Ontology
Reply to Greenlee: Philosophy and Exhibitive Judgment

Appendix II: Notes on the Contour of a Natural Complex

Appendix III: On the Concept of "the World"

Appendix IV: Probing the Idea of Nature

Editors' Notes to the Second Edition


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