Metaphysics and the Good: Themes from the Philosophy of Robert Merrihew Adams

Hardcover | August 1, 2009

EditorSamuel Newlands, Larry M. Jorgensen

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Throughout his philosophical career at Michigan, UCLA, Yale, and Oxford, Robert Merrihew Adams's wide-ranging contributions have deeply shaped the structure of debates in metaphysics, philosophy of religion, history of philosophy, and ethics. Metaphysics and the Good: Themes from thePhilosophy of Robert Merrihew Adams provides, for the first time, a collection of original essays by leading philosophers dedicated to exploring many of the facets of Adams's thought, a philosophical outlook that combines Christian theism, neo-Platonism, moral realism, metaphysical idealism, and acommitment to both historical sensitivity and rigorous analytic engagement. Tied together by their aim of exploring, expanding, and experimenting with Adams's views, these eleven essays are coupled with an intellectual autobiography by Adams himself that was commissioned especially for this volume.As the introduction to the volume explains, the purpose of Metaphysics and the Good is to explore Adams's work in the very manner that he prescribes for understanding the ideas of others. By experimenting with Adams's conclusions, "pulling a string here to see what moves over there, so to speak",as Adams puts it, our authors throw into greater relief what makes Adams such an original and stimulating philosopher. In doing so, these essays contribute not only to the exploration of Adams's continuing interests, but they also advance original and important philosophical insights of theirown.

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Throughout his philosophical career at Michigan, UCLA, Yale, and Oxford, Robert Merrihew Adams's wide-ranging contributions have deeply shaped the structure of debates in metaphysics, philosophy of religion, history of philosophy, and ethics. Metaphysics and the Good: Themes from thePhilosophy of Robert Merrihew Adams provides, for th...

Samuel Newlands is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. Larry M. Jorgensen is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Valparaiso University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pagesPublished:August 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199542680

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Samuel Newlands and Larry M. Jorgensen: Introduction1. Robert Merrihew Adams: A Philosophical Autobiography2. Dean Zimmerman: Yet Another Anti-Molinist Argument3. Michael Nelson: The Contingency of Existence4. Derk Pereboom: Consciousness and Introspective Inaccuracy5. Houston Smit: Kant on Apriority and the Spontaneity of Cognition6. R. C. Sleigh, Jr.: Moral Necessity in Leibniz's Account of Human Freedom7. Marleen Rozemond: Leibniz on Final Causation8. Paul Hoffman: Does Efficient Causation Presuppose Final Causation? Aquinas vs. Early Modern Mechanism9. Allen Wood: Herder and Kant on History: Their Enlightenment Faith10. Susan Wolf: Moral Obligations and Social Commands11. Jeffrey Stout: Adams on the Nature of Obligation12. Shelly Kagan: The Grasshopper, Aristotle, Bob Adams, and Me