Rescher's Understanding Reality is wide-ranging, expert and impressive. His main verdict is particularly interesting: What makes the world intelligible, he concludes, is that its existence “is somehow for the best”, as Plato and Leibniz suggested.
The breadth of Understanding Reality: Metaphysics in Epistemological Perspective matches that of its title, and very few philosophers could even approach its combination of subtlety and readability. Nicholas Rescher’s treatment of control is an impressive example—it ranges from important points in action theory to what he aptly calls “the ethics of control,” which concerns how control of conduct figures in our moral responsibility for it. The discussions of simplicity, uncertainty, understanding, and other topics are also illuminating. This book has numerous insights, and it will reward not only readers in metaphysics and epistemology but also those interested in a wide but nicely nuanced treatment of topics in the philosophy of science.