METAPHYSICAL REALITY: Philosophical Papers
From my first book onwards I have been stressing the need for an original notion of reality distinct from or rather opposed to the common notion of reality. I devoted this book – my eighth – to elucidating and defending this notion of metaphysical reality.
In the blurb I chose to underline the other objective I have been pursuing in all my writings. I wrote:
“This book challenges mainstream views on the nature and function of philosophy. Philosophy has been trapped in a bad predicament, having been placed in a losing contest with empirical science and in a meaningless contest with dogmatic theology. To regain for philosophy her rightful vital role in human life we have to go back to Socrates and Plato. Socrates saw that philosophy has nothing to do with the investigation of the natural world, her sole concern being to make us look inwards to examine our ideas, ideals, and values to understand ourselves. Plato knew that the insight given us by philosophy into our inner reality cannot be encapsulated in definitive formulations but has to be conveyed in ever-renewed parables, metaphors, and myths. Philosophy is more akin to poetry than to science. A genuine philosopher does not seek to attain any objective knowledge or final truth but to philosophize and to live philosophically.”
The book comprises 16 philosophical papers plus a number of “scraps”. The three major essays are titled: (1) “Plato’s Examination of Knowledge”; (2) “Whitehead’s Real World”; (3) “Russell’s Dilemma”. Yet the shorter papers are equally important for developing and elucidating my philosophy.
- R. Khashaba
July 27, 2016.