At a time when the metaphysical tradition is being called profoundly into question by proponents of pragmatism and continental philosophy, Inexhaustibility and Human Being examines a specific aspect of metaphysics: the nature of being human, acknowledging the force of these critiques and discussing their ramifications.
Exploring the possibility of a systematic metaphysics that acknowledges the limits of every thought, the book offers a metaphysics of human being based on locality and inexhaustibility. Its major focus is on a corresponding "anthropology" in which human being is both local and exhaustive – that is, based on limitation and on the limitation of limitation.
Among the book’s major topics are: being as locality and inexhaustibility; human being as judgment and perspective; knowing and reason as query; language and meaning as semasis; emotion; sociality; politics; life and death.
Clearly written, and wide-ranging in scope, Inexhaustibility and Human Being covers a multitude of subjects – history, love, sexuality, consciousness, suffering, the body, instrumentality, government, and law – in the development of its thesis. The book will appeal not only to philosophers – but also to those involved in studying the various arenas of human activity Professor Ross examines.