COMPETING

It's an exciting time in philosophy. Brill recently announced "a truly spectacular philosophical event": the first complete system of philosophy since Immanuel Kant and Georg W.F Hegel, by Dirk Hartmann (pictured). Brill did not know, however, that mine would be the first to the finish (which is, published in full). But I have been hesitant to bill my metaphysics as "The first since ..." in case ideas of complete philosophical systems should differ.

Mine is expected to be about 350 pages, Hartmann's 5,500. Mine is in English, his in German. Mine is postmodern, his (as best I can see) far more modern. There is, however, a particularly interesting commonality. Without either of us having known of the other, both Hartmann and I have been fascinated by the philosophers Wilhelm Kamlah and Paul Lorenzen. One may find further details of Hartmann's work at Neues System.