George P. Klubertanz, Maurice R. Holloway
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Being and to Natural Theology
The subject of this book is “metaphysics.” Aristotle called it “first philosophy”; by this term he and St. Thomas Aquinas mean the full philosophical treatment of being and its Cause, of Being and God. Metaphysics begins with the beings of experience. Its preliminary concern is with the beings of direct experience, not with concepts, not with emotions or guesses (no matter how noble), not with some logical pre-conditions of experience (often dignified with the impressive term “a priori conditions”). In the beings of experience, and there only, we find what being is, and by an inductive analysis we come to know its intrinsic and extrinsic principles as well as its common attributes. But metaphysics, in its full sense, is more than an “immanent metaphysics,” as some recent philosophers would wish it to be; the principles the metaphysician finds in the beings of experience lead him beyond experience.
About the Author
George P. Klubertanz (1912 – 1972) was an American philosopher and Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University. He was a president of the Metaphysical Society of America. Maurice R. Holloway (1920-2008) was a former Professor of Philosophy at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He co-wrote Being and God and co-edited Wisdom in Depth.