Now that I looked at the binding, it’s titled, Introductory to the Philosophy of Being by George P. Klubertanz, S.J. He was (i’m guessing he’s no longer alive) a Jesuit at St. Louis University and the book is the second edition published around 1963. It looks like the first edition was around 1952.
The book provides a “bottom-up” approach to the concept of being; from the world of experience one slowly analyzes until the concept is reached. Another book I have claims to do a “top-down” approach; basically it started to provide an analysis of the “one and the many”. The beginning is relatively short and basically says you will either “get it” or not, and that there isn’t much the author can do if you don’t. I think I took some away from the little I read, however; I plan to revisit.
This second book is titled, The Philosophy of Being by Smith & Kendzierski. Smith is also a Jesuit and was located at Marquette University. The book looks like it was published in 1961.
Both books have an Imprimi Potest (which I just learned means that the superior of the religious order says it can be printed) and an Imprimatur from the respective archbishops at the time. The former, Archbishop Joseph Cardinal Ritter of St. Louis. The latter, Archbiship Francis Cardinal Spellman of New York. Only the latter has a Nihil Obstat.
My guess, from the little I know of St. Louis, is that the University had a great philosophy program at one time (is it still good?)
Anyways. I think I’m a huge fan of the “bottom-up” approach to the philosophy of being.