Gifford Lectures
Help | Site Map | About Us | Contact Usspacer

tartan
spacer
spacer

Any Word


Author


Keyword


Book
  



spacer

  What’s New

2014 Gifford Lecture Series: University of Edinburgh

What is Caesar’s? Adjudicating Faith in Modern Constitutional Democracies to be held on Monday 19 May 2014. [More…]

2014 Gifford Lecture Series: University of Glasgow

Givenness and Revelation begins Tuesday 20 May 2014. [More…]

YouTube Channel

Gifford Lectures now has a YouTube Channel! [More…]

Links

A new Gifford Lectures page for St. Andrews. [More…]

Eight Books Based on Gifford Lectures

Eight books derived from the Gifford lectures are available. [More…]

spacer

  Follow Us On

Facebook Twitter YouTube
spacer

  Lectures/Books

The Problem of Metaphysics 1964–1966

Donald Mackenzie Mackinnon

Summary

Table of Contents

Abstract

This book is derived from Professor MacKinnon’s Gifford Lectures of 1965 and 1966, and approaches the field of metaphysics from an individual and unique manner. There are lengthy discussions of the works and theories of Plato, Aristotle and Kant, but for the majority of the book MacKinnon avoids the usual philosophic arguments and attempts to show how the metaphysician may transcend from the finite to the infinite. MacKinnon is not content with the mere articulation of fundamental conceptual structure which descriptive metaphysics utilises, but sees the need to ‘thrust against the limits of language’. Any philosopher who attempts to write about metaphysics is faced with the problem of defining and talking about what it literally indefinable and unsayable. Professor MacKinnon has created herein a thought-provoking argument on the subject of metaphysics, and where his line of reasoning seems somewhat scattered and lacking in evidence, this is solely due to the intrinsic difficulties of metaphysics as a field.
J. Douglas Mastin
University of Edinburgh
KEY WORDS: metaphysics, Kant, Plato, Aristotle, concepts, parables, transcendence, tragedy, discovery, language, fact, truth, dialogue, Republic, transcendence, discovery, innovation, empirical, ethics, tragedy

Publication Data

OnlineCambridge University Press1974
Original n/a
Not Available
spacer
spacer
tartan
Templeton Press