Metaphysics

ISBN-10: 1405125861

ISBN-13: 9781405125864

Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)

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This extensively revised and expanded edition of van Inwagen and Zimmerman's popular collection of readings in metaphysics now features twenty-two additional selections, new sections on existence and reality, and an updated editorial commentary. Collects classic and contemporary readings in metaphysics Answers some of the most puzzling questions about our world and our place in it Covers an unparalleled range of topics Now includes a new section on existence and reality, expanded discussions on many classic issues, and an updated editorial commentary
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Book details

List price: $74.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 654
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.486

Preface to Second Edition
List of Sources
Introduction: What is Metaphysics?
What are the Most General Features of the World?
Introduction
What is Existence?
Introduction
Holes
On What There Is
Beyond Being and Nonbeing
What is the Relationship between an Individual and its Characteristics?
Introduction
Universals: an Excerpt from The Problems of Philosophy Bertrand Russell
Universals as Attributes: an Excerpt from Universals: an Opinionated Introduction
Universals and Resemblances: Chapter 1 of Thinking and Experience
The Elements of Being
The Identity of Indiscernibles
Distinct Indiscernibles and the Bundle Theory
What is Time? What is Space?
Introduction
Time: an Excerpt from The Nature of Existence
McTaggart's Arguments against the Reality of Time: an Excerpt from Examination of McTaggart's Philosophy
The Notion of the Present
Changes in Events and Changes in Things
The General Problem of Time and Change: an Excerpt from Scientific Thought
The Myth of Passage
Some Free Thinking about Time
The Fourth Dimension: an Excerpt from The Ambidextrous Universe
Incongruent Counterparts and Higher Dimensions
The Traditional Conception of Space, and the Principle of Extensive Abstraction: an Excerpt from Scientific Thought
Achilles and the Tortoise
A Contemporary Look at Zeno's Paradoxes: an Excerpt from Space, Time, and Motion
Grasping the Infinite
The Paradoxes of Time Travel
How do Things Persist through Changes of Parts and Properties?
Introduction
Of Confused Subjects Which Are Equivalent to Two Subjects: an Excerpt from The Port-Royal Logic
The Paradox of Increase
Identity, Ostension, and Hypostasis
In Defense of Stages: Postscript B to "Survival and Identity"
The Problem of Temporary Intrinsics: an Excerpt from On the Plurality of Worlds
Temporary Intrinsics and Presentism
How do Causes Bring about their Effects?
Introduction
Constant Conjunction: an Excerpt from A Treatise of
Efficient Cause and Active Power: an Excerpt from Essays on the Active Powers of the Human Mind
Psychological and Physical Causal Laws: an Excerpt from The Analysis of Mind
Causality: an Excerpt from A Modern Introduction to Logic
Causality and Determination
What is Our Place in the World?
Introduction
How Are Mind and Body Related?
Introduction
Which Physical Thing Am I?: an Excerpt from "Is There a Mind-Body Problem?"
Personal Identity: a Materialist Account
An Argument for Animalism
Divided Minds and the Nature of Persons
Personal Identity: the Dualist Theory
The Causal Theory of the Mind
The Puzzle of Conscious Experience
Neutral Monism: an Excerpt from Philosophy
Is it Possible for Us to Act Freely?
Introduction
We Are Never Free: an Excerpt from The System of Nature Paul-Henri Dietrich, Baron d'Holbach
Free Will as Involving Determination and Inconceivable without It
Freedom, Causation, and Preexistence: an Excerpt from Problems of Mind and Matter
Human Freedom and the Self
The Consequence Argument
The Mystery of Metaphysical Freedom
The Agent as Cause
Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility
Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person
Are There Many Worlds?
Introduction
Are There Worlds Other than the Actual World?
Introduction
Modal Realism at Work: an Excerpt from On the Plurality of Worlds
Counterparts of Persons and Their Bodies
Identity and Necessity
Is There More than One Actual World?
Introduction
After Metaphysics, What?
Truth and Convention
Nonabsolute Existence and Conceptual Relativity: an Excerpt from "Putnam's Pragmatic Relism"
Addendum to "Nonabsolute Existence and Conceptual Relativity": Objections and Replies
Why is There a World?
Introduction
The Problem of Being: Chapter 3 of Some Problems of Philosophy
Why Anything? Why This?
Response to Derek Parfit
The Cosmological Argument: an Excerpt from A Demonstration of the Being and Attributes of God
The Cosmological Argument and the Principle of Sufficient Reason
The Ontological Argument: Chapters II-IV of the Proslogion
Anselm's Ontological Arguments
Index
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