Brilliant in every respect, Emphatics rewrites Weiss's systematic ontology in new terms. Not only are the lineaments of the system reexamined, but this book floods the reader with new perspectives and insights on relationship, signs, truth, particularity, space-time causality, education, mind-body issues, Being and other ultimate philosophical categories, and good and evil.
Weiss engages the various objections to his position in a series of question-and-answer epilogues at the end of each chapter that allow the reader to follow step-by-step a great philosophical mind at work. He takes his critics seriously, grapples with their objections, and answers them honestly. His discourse creatively revisits age-old questions and in reimagining new answers establishes the continuing relevance of philosophy as an academic discipline.
Emphatics is vintage Weiss: pungent, wise, profoundly humble, boldly speculative, and willing to stand by his argument for the sake of reason and not for the sake of ego.
--Joseph Grange, University of Southern Maine
New ideas are rare in philosophy. But when they occur, are imagined, articulated, and defended with systematic intelligence, they make us see everything differently. Weiss's notion of 'emphatics' is such a rare new idea, and it gives us a new system of philosophy from this great master of systematic philosophy.
--Robert C. Neville, Boston University