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Lecture IV. The Seven Systems of Metaphysics 

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Frederik Wellmann

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Notebook I (pp. 1-37, of which pp. 1-4 and 12-37, with exception of 25-34, were published as 5.77n and 5.93-111 respectively). Unpublished: a discussion of the possible systems of metaphysics based on CSP's categories and their combinations. In CSP's opinion, the following philosophers were on the right track: Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Scotus, Reid, and Kant. Rejection of the idea attributed to the Hegelians that Aristotle belongs to their school of thought. Aristotle and the notion of esse in futuro. The Aristotelian distinction between existence and entelechy. Ockhamists and the rise of nominalism. Analysis of infinity (pp. 24-30). The reality of Firstness (pp. 31-35). Notebook II (pp- 38-62, of which pp. 38-45, 45-49, 49-51, 52-57, and 59-62, were published separately as 5.114-118, 1.314-316, 5.119, 5.111-113, 5.57-58 respectively). Omitted is a discussion of the reality of Secondness and a consideration of the position that feelings and laws (Firstness and Thirdness) are alone real (that to say that one thing acts upon another is merely to say that there is a certain law of succession of feelings). Experience is our great teacher invariably it teaches by means of surprises.

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Aquinas Saint Thomas, Aristotle, Categories, Duns Scotus, Entelechy, Esse in futuro, existence, Experiences, Feeling, Firstness (see also Categories Feeling Monad Quality), Hegelians, Infinity, Kant Immanuel and Kant studies (CSP's), Law(s), Medieval period l, Metaphysics, seven systems of Metaphysics (see also Categories Idealism), Nominalism, Ockhamists, Harvard Lectures on Pragmatism, Plato and Platonic Dialogues, Pragmatism and Pragmaticism, Reid Thomas, Secondness (see also Categories Effort Reaction), Thirdness







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