Author: A C Ewing
Publisher: Allied Publishers
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
This outline work on the theory of knowledge and metaphysics is intended both for university students who have recently started on the subject and for any who, without having had the advantage of studying it at a University, wish by private reading to acquire a general idea of its nature.
The book seeks to deal with all the main questions arising within the field in so far as they can be stated and discussed profitably and simply. It discusses among other questions the place of reason in knowledge and life, the possibility of knowledge beyond sense-experience, the theory of perception, the relation of body and mid, alleged philosophical implications of recent scientific doctrines, the problem of evil and the existence of God.
Perhaps the best compliment I can pay to Dr Ewing is to say that he has shown exceptional skill in avoiding the usual pitfalls. He has provided a clear and readable account of the main problems of philosophy without departing at any pint form serious philosophical argument. It is philosophy that he always provides, not panegyrics or talk about it, but in a form which can easily be assimilated by the serious student. Ewing very properly warns the reader that mental effort is needed, but subject to their willingness to make an effort readers with any flair for philosophy will find that the author has put his own resources very fully at their disposal.
The book is written in the author’s well-known, painstaking manner, with many shrewd critical arguments. There is an avoidance of obscurity and an evident desire to be fair even to the most repugnant points of view. The book makes no concession to the demands of professional publicists that philosophical problems be closely tied to their pre-occupations. Moreover, no student will put it down in the belief that any metaphysical question has been definitely answered by any metaphysical doctrine, or that any such question has been so answered to the satisfaction of all whose opinion need be considered.
What Philosophy is and why it is worth studying
The a Priori and the empirical
The Relation of Matter and Mind
Space and time
Monism v Pluralism, Universals