Metaphysics A Contemporary Introduction

ISBN-10: 0415401348

ISBN-13: 9780415401340

Edition: 3rd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Michael J. Loux
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Description: "Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction" is for students who have already done an introductory philosophy course. Michael J. Loux provides a fresh look at the central topics in metaphysics, making this essential reading for any student of the subject. This third edition is revised and updated and includes two new chapters on Time and Causation. Topics addressed include: - the problem of universals - the nature of abstract entities - the problem of individuation - the nature of modality - identity through time - the nature of time - the Realism/anti-Realism debate Wherever possible, Michael J. Loux relates contemporary views to their classical sources in the history of philosophy. As an experienced teacher of philosophy and an important contributor to recent debates, Loux is uniquely qualified to write this book. - the third edition retains the student -friendly features of previous editions: - chapter overviews summarizing the main topics of study - examples to clarify difficult concepts annotated further reading at the end of each chapter - endnotes and a full bibliography

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Book details

List price: $50.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Preface
Preface to second edition
Preface to third edition
Introduction
Overview
The nature of metaphysics - some historical reflections
Metaphysics as category theory
Notes
Further reading
The problem of universals I: metaphysical realism
Overview
Realism and nominalism
The ontology of metaphysical realism
Realism and predication
Realism and abstract reference
Restrictions on realism - exemplification
Further restrictions - defined and undefined predicates
Are there any unexemplified attributes?
Notes
Further reading
The problem of universals II: nominalism
Overview
The motivation for nominalism
Austere nominalism
Metalinguistic nominalism
Trope theory
Fictionalism
Notes
Further reading
Concrete particulars I: substrata, bundles, and substances
Overview
Substratum and bundle theories
An objection to the bundle theory - subject-predicate discourse
Another objection to the bundle theory - the Identity of Indiscernibles
An argument for the substratum theory
Problems for the substratum theory
Aristotelian substances
Notes
Further reading
Propositions and their neighbors
Overview
The traditional theory of propositions
Nominalism about propositions
Facts, states of affairs, and events
Notes
Further reading
The necessary and the possible
Overview
Problems about modality
Possible worlds
Possible worlds nominalism
The metaphysics of possible worlds nominalism - David Lewis
Actualism and possible worlds - Alvin Plantinga
Notes
Further reading
Causation
Overview
Hume's account of causation
The response to Hume
Neo-Humean approaches
Notes
Further reading
The nature of time
Overview
McTaggart's argument
The B-theory
The A-theory
The new B-theory
Notes
Further reading
Concrete particulars II: persistence through time
Overview
Two theories of persistence - endurantism and perdurantism
Persistence and the nature of time
The ontology of perdurantism
An argument for perdurantism - change in properties
A second argument for perdurantism - change in parts
Notes
Further reading
The challenge of anti-Realism
Overview
Two views about the nature of reality
Dummett's anti-Realist
The inscrutability of reference
Putnam's anti-Realism
Realism or anti-Realism?
Notes
Further reading
Bibliography
Index
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