The Felt Meanings of the World: A Metaphysics of Feeling

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The Felt Meanings of the World: A Metaphysics of Feeling
Paperback
Purdue University Press
09/15/2010
352pp
English
6.00" x 9.00"
1557535981
9781557535986
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Book Description

In a critical dialogue with the metaphysical tradition from Plato to Hegel to contemporary schools of thought, the author convincingly argues that traditional rationalist metaphysics has failed to accomplish its goal of demonstrating the existence of a divine cause and moral purpose of the world. To replace the defective rationalist metaphysics, the author builds a new metaphysics on the idea that moods and affects make manifest the world's felt meanings; he argues that each feature of the world is a felt meaning in the sense that each feature is a source of a feeling-response if and when it appears. The author asserts that we must synthesize our two ways of knowing-poetic evocations and exact analyses-in order to decide which mood or affect is the appropriate appreciation of any given feature of the world. Smith gives evocative and exact explications of such features as the world's temporality, appearance, and mind-independency, as these features appear in the appropriate recitations.

About the Author(s):

The University Distinguished Faculty Scholar. 2002 and onwards. The 2002 Honorary Member of Phi Betta Kappa. One honorary member is selected each year. 2002 and onwards. Editor of Philo: Journal of the Society for Humanist Philosophers, 2001 and onwards. Philosophy Editor for Prometheus Books Inc. 2002 and onwards. American Council of Learned Societies: The only philosopher selected for an award in the year 1996. Awarded $20,000. National Endowment for Humanities Award for Summer Stipend, 1995. Full Professor, 1995 and onwards. Philosophy Department, Western Michigan University. Endowed Chair: The Lillian Pierson Lovelace Visiting Professor, Antioch College,1991-1993. Recipient of 1986 Rockefeller Award for the best philosophical work by an academically unaffiliated philosopher, for the article "Problems with the New Tenseless Theory of Time". Runner-up for Machette Prize for the best philosophy book of 1985-86, for The Felt Meanings of the World. Recipient of 1984 Rockefeller Award for the best philosophical work by an academically unaffiliated philosopher, for the article "The Infinite Regress of Temporal Attributions".