Welcome to the internet publication of
Metaphysics by Default. This web site is maintained by the author as an
academic resource for the general public.
In these pages I draw upon the
works of naturalists and upon those of metaphysical
philosophers. This must seem an odd juxtaposition of materials, given that
naturalists and metaphysical philosophers lock horns at every crossing. We, being
audience to many a deadlocked battle, can readily believe that the disciplines of earth and ether
are incompatible or what is
worse, we may believe that each discipline prospers only at the expense of the
common notions are not sound. There is no compromise, but reconciliation is possible. Natural science and
metaphysical philosophy can coexist peacefully in the modern mind. This document is proof.
itself comprises nineteen chapters. The chapters are best read in
sequential order, starting with a timeless word of encouragement that is
who desire to judge the philosophy's practical value may prefer to skip ahead to
. Metaphysics by Default offers ready aid to the
beleaguered ethicist or ecologist, and Chapter 18 explores this potential utility.
who wonder at the inclusion of so much history in a modern work should hazard first
the dedication of
. The dedication invokes divine qualities of Hellenic spirit which
are lost to us, and which this modern essay perforce recovers.
Supporting documents are available through site
- (new) A public forum is open, and all are welcome to contribute posts.
- A schedule lists the dates of
upcoming public lectures, along with transcripts and abstracts from previous lectures in Vancouver, Saint Petersburg and
- Appendices organize the essay's
ancillary software programs and mathematical derivations.
- Works cited within the essay are
listed after the appendices.
- All chapters have been bound into a single Adobe PDF file for easier printing and transfer. (Click icon to download.)
It is this author's hope that the knowledge marshalled herein
will be of value to every reader even if some material serves only as a spur towards better knowledge elsewhere. Please feel free to e-mail
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