Metaphysics and Mystery

The Why Question East and West

by Thomas Dean



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/15/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 894
ISBN : 9781532076190
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 894
ISBN : 9781532076206

About the Book

Metaphysics and Mystery: The Why Question East and West is a critical analysis, comparison and evaluation of philosophical answers, Western and Asian, to the question: “Why is there something rather than nothing?” The question, first posed by the 17th C. philosopher, Leibniz, was reintroduced in the 20th C. by Heidegger. Volume One begins with an introduction that lays out the issues raised by the Why question. It then analyzes contemporary Western philosophers who provide either cosmological-metaphysical or existential-ontological answers to the question. It also considers transitional answers that bridge the two. Volume Two examines Asian philosophers, classical and contemporary, who, though rejecting the assumptions behind the question, put forward nondualist answers that have a direct bearing on it. It concludes with an argument for a revised understanding of the Why question that draws on the strengths and weaknesses of these Western and Asian philosophies and explores implications for ethics and religious thought

About the Author

Thomas Dean is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy of Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia. He also taught four years at Temple University Japan in Tokyo. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, an M.A. in Theology from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Religion from Columbia University.