Metaphysics or Ontology? treats the evolution of the object of metaphysics from being, to the concept of being, to, finally, the object (thought). Possible being must be non-contradictory, but an object of thought includes anything a human being can think, including contradictions and nothingness. When the concept of being, or object of thought, replaces existence as the object of metaphysics, it becomes something other than metaphysics—ontology, or something beyond ontology. However, ontology cannot examine existence because it only investigates concepts and possibility. Only classical metaphysics investigates reality qua reality. This book masterfully treats the history of this controversy and many other important metaphysical questions raised over the centuries
Piotr Jaroszyński is professor of The Philosophy of Culture and Art at the Catholic University of Lublin. He has published six books and over one hundred articles in various languages.
Metaphysics or Ontology? masterfully treats not only the history of the controversy, but also many important metaphysical questions that have been raised over the centuries. What is at stake are the most fundamental and important questions philosophers can ask such as (1) How should we understand being—as real or possible?, (2) How should we understand existence—as actuality or as a mode of essence?, and (3) What has priority, essence or existence? This is a book that will reward the reader with new insights each time it is read; it deserves the special attention of scholars and philosophers for decades to come."
Robert Anthony Delfino,
St. John’s University, New York
Table of contents
Foreword Robert DelfinoPrefaceIntroduction
Part 1: On the Origin of Metaphysics
From Sophía to Philosophía 2
From Philosophy (φιλοσοφία) to Meta-physics (τὰ μeτà τὰ φυσικά) 3
From ta metá ta physiká to Metaphysics Commentaries: The Assimilation and Continuity of Culture
The Autonomy of Metaphysics 5
Ontology in the Middle Ages? Part 1 Summary
Part 2: The Rise of Ontology
Descartes and Malebranche—The Return of Augustinianism 7
British Philosophy: The Marginalization of Metaphysics 8
The Founders of Ontology: From Lorhard to Clauberg 9
Ontology before Metaphysics: From Wolff to Kant 10
Logic as Ontology: Hegel 11
The Apotheosis of Mathematics: Bolzano, Frege, and Meinong 12
Phenomenology apart from Metaphysics: Husserl, Ingarden, Heidegger 13
Metaphysics as Ontology: Nicolai Hartmann 14
Analytic Philosophy: A Metaphysics of Conceptual Schemata 15
Metaphysics or Ontology of Process? 16
Negative Ontology: Adorno 17
Postmoderism: The End of Metaphysics, or the End of Ontology?Part 2 Summary
Part 3: Metaphysics or Ontology: Disputed Questions
Being or the Concept of Being?/b> The Term ‘Being’ and Its Meaning Being and the Apprehension of Being
19 Real Being or Possible Being? On the Principle of Identity and Non-Contradiction Possibility, Potency, and Real Essence: Aristotle Toward Possible Essence The Concept of Being and Possible Being: From Duns Scotus to Suárez Possible Being and Theology
20 Existence: Act or Modus? Existence: Etymology of the Term Did Aristotle Know the Difference between Essence and Existence? What Did Al-Farabi Discover? Existence as the Act of Being—Thomas Aquinas Existence is a Mode of Essence—Duns Scotus Suárez, the Heir of Scotus The Logical Transformation of Existence: Wolff
21 Essence Instead of Being The Etymology of the Word ‘Essence’ Essence in Itself—Al Farabi and Avicenna Essence Reinstated to Reality—Thomas Aquinas Essence apart from Reality—Duns Scotus Essence according to Suárez: The Return to Duns Scotus Essence that is Real because It is Possible: Clauberg and Wolff Kant: Separation from Essence Hegel: The Absolutization of Essence Essence in Phenomenology Heidegger—Illusory Critique of Essence
22 Ontology: Unreal Reality
23 Ontology and the Object Object: Etymology and Terminology The Object and the Knowledge of Being in Metaphysics The Object Instead of Being: Ontology Kant—The Creation of the Object Hegel—Objectivism without Realism Meinong: The Theory of the Object Instead of Ontology
24 Intentionality: Outside of Reality Intentionality: The Etymology of the Word The Theological Context The Philosophical Context
25 Ontology and the Subject Subject: Etymology of the Word The Subject in Metaphysics From Descartes to Leibniz Kant—Creator of the Philosophy of the Subject
26 Ontology and System System: Etymology and Pre-Philosophical Meaning System in Ancient Philosophy System as Organized Knowledge A System that Makes Reality: Hegel and Schelling Whether Suárez was the Author of the First System of Metaphysics, and if so, in What Sense What Sort of Realistic Metaphysics? Critique of Philosophy as a System—But What Sort of System? Ontology and Logical Systems
27 Univocity or Analogy?
28 Metaphysics, Ontology, Onto-Theology?
Part 3 Summary
Bibliography Index of Names Index of Subjects
All scholars or philosophers in metaphysics or ontology, as well as Thomism, Platonism, Neoplatonism, or theology.