A philosophy of shared creative experience.--What metaphysics is.--Present prospects for metaphysics.--Abstraction: the question of nominalism.--Some principles of method.--A logic of ultimate contrasts.--Wittgenstein and Tillich: reflections on metaphysics and language.--Non-restrictive existential statements.--Events, individuals and predication: a defence of event pluralism--The prejudice in favor of symmetry.--The principle of dual transcendence and its basis in ordinary language.--Can there be a priori knowledge of what exists?--Ideas of God: an exhaustive division.--Six theistic proofs.--Sensory qualities and ordinary language.--The aesthetic matrix of value.
Mr. William Baumer, in his “Ontological Arguments Still Fail,” gives an acceptable account of Kant’s complicated reasoning about the ontological proof. I have been aware of these complications, including Kant’s own precritical ontological proof, for a good while, and in Anselm’s Discovery I deal with them at some length. I still do not see that Kant at any time stated the equivalent of Anselm’s stronger proof, or refuted it. Moreover, if I have oversimplified and weakened Kant’s case, the gap between (...) my account of that case and Kant’s cannot be larger than that between Baumer’s account of my countercase and the latter. (shrink)
Hartshorne (emeritus, U. of Texas), possibly the foremost living American philosopher, offers less a chronological autobiography than an anecdotal memoir and meditation associating his philosophical beliefs with specific life situations.
Peirce's three “Neo-Pythagorean” categories have not given his students any complete satisfaction, but I cannot doubt that, though partly misconceived, they can, when freed of certain errors, be of great value.