Until 2003, my focus was on so-called continental philosophy; I published (among other things) Absolute Knowledge. Hegel and the Problem of Metaphysics (1983), Schelling. An Introduction to the System of Freedom (1983), and Within Nietzsche’s Labyrinth (1990). Since Fall 2003, I’ve been collaborating with Lorenz B. Puntel (Professor Emeritus, Munich) on a systematic philosophy he had been working on since the late 1970s. To date, the project has resulted in the publication of books whose English versions are Structure and Being and Being and God, both by Lorenz B. Puntel, both translated by and in collaboration with me. Scheduled for publication in January 2014 is my Toward a Philosophical Theory of Everything. Contributions to the Structural-Systematic Philosophy (thanks to the title, it’s easy to refer to the book as TAPTOE).
The image on the cover is from a painting by Williams Art Professor Barbara Takenaga; I am delighted that she is allowing me to use it. Think how good it would look in your home or dorm room! Worth buying for the art alone!
Much-appreciated prepublication endorsements of TAPTOE (portions of which are included on the back cover, image above) have been provided by Professors Carlo Cellucci of La Sapienza University, Rome, Vincent Colapietro of Penn State University, Michael Baur of Fordham University, and John McCumber of UCLA.
My (ultimately successful) publishing proposal to Bloomsbury (formerly Continuum) included the following description of TAPTOE that I suggested as possibly appropriate for the back cover:
“Moral values are real—we don’t just make them up. Beauty is in the world—it’s not just in the eye of the beholder. You are free—what you do is not always determined by electrochemical processes in your brain. And the universe we live in is God’s creation.
“These are radical claims. But they are widely rejected, in contemporary philosophy, because they are almost always considered in relative isolation from one another. This book, devoted to a systematic philosophy, shows that when they are considered in conjunction, they gain mutual support. And it shows this both clearly and concisely.”