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Ontology, Identity, and Modality Essays in Metaphysics

ISBN-10: 0521795486
ISBN-13: 9780521795487
Edition: 2001
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Description: This book gathers together thirteen of Peter van Inwagens essays on metaphysics, several of which have acquired the status of modern classics in their field. They range widely across such topics as Quines philosophy of quantification, the ontology  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/22/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

This book gathers together thirteen of Peter van Inwagens essays on metaphysics, several of which have acquired the status of modern classics in their field. They range widely across such topics as Quines philosophy of quantification, the ontology of fiction, the part-whole relation, the theory of temporal parts, and human knowledge of modal truths. In addition, van Inwagen considers the question as to whether the psychological continuity theory of personal identity is compatible with materialism, and defends the thesis that possible states of affairs are abstract objects, in opposition to David Lewiss extreme modal realism. A specially-written introduction completes the collection, which will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in metaphysics.

Gilbert Harman is Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University and the author of Explaining Value and Other Essays in Moral Philosophy and Reasoning, Meaning, and Mind.

Introduction
Ontology
Meta-ontology
Why I don't understand substitutional quantification
Creatures of fiction
Why is there anything at all?
Identity:
The doctrine of arbitrary undetached parts
Composition as identity
Four-dimensional objects
Temporal parts and identity across time
Materialism and the psychological-continuity account of personal identity
Modality
Indexicality and actuality
Plantinga on trans-world identity
Two concepts of possible worlds
Modal epistemology
Index

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