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The strange in the familiar, familiar in the strange

May 27, 2008


The Macioni (2000 – 2004) “Introduction to Sociology” opened with an invitation students of philosophy to find the strange in the familiar. And yet the structure of the book, the classifications, left little or no room the “why” questions.

Philosophers refuse to accept the “reduction of the strange to the familiar.”

Velkley, Richard. “Introduction: What is Metaphysics.”

Metaphysics in the late 20th century is relegated to inquiries of the supernatural. It has been superseded by modern sciences that claim to address inquiries regarding the natural. Since the early origins of western philosophy with ancient Greek philosophers, philosophical inquiries focused on investigations of ultimate principles, causes, origins, constituents and categories of things. The tradition of metaphysical inquiry continued almost with a break into the twentieth century when secular humanism became the dominant ideology reigning with academic disciplines.

All sciences (except mathematics) employ fundamental notions such as the concepts of cause and law that their practitioners cannot or will not clarify or justify.

What is a cause?

What is meant by the law of nature?

There is the question of the why of the natural whole.

Why does it exist?

What does it mean to speak of existence or being?

What is “being”?

What is “unity”?

Webliography and Bibliography

Velkley, Richard L. 1989. Freedom and the End of Reason: On the Moral Foundation of Kant’s Critical Philosophy. 244.

Velkley, Richard L. 1989. “Seth Benardete, 1930-2001: In memory of a philosopher.”

Velkley, Richard. “Being after Rousseau: Philosophy and Culture in Question.” Journal article by Robert Berman; The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 56, 2003

Who’s Who

Richard L. Velkley is associate professor of philosophy at the Catholic University of America, and associate editor of The Review of Metaphysics. He is the author of Being After Rousseau: Philosophy and Culture in Question (University of Chicago Press).

Seth Benardete, 1930-2001: In memory of a philosopher.

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