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Universe As We Find It

ISBN-10: 0199596204

ISBN-13: 9780199596201

Edition: 2012

Authors: John Heil

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List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 7/19/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 306
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Ground Rules
The Province of Metaphysics
Substance and Property
Relations
Truthmaking
The Big Picture
Substance
Substances as Property Bearers
Substance Situated
Substance and Property
Simple Substances
Properties and Properties by Courtesy
Emergent Substances
Real Emergence
Back to Basics
Substance Stressed
Ontological Dependence
Spatial and Temporal Parts
Complexity 'All the Way Down'
Infinite Divisibility
An Infinity of Substances
The Weirdness of Actual Infinities
From the Weirdness of Infinity to Quantum Weirdness
Quantum Statistics
Taking Stock
Properties
Substances, Properties, Truthmakers
Properties as Qualities
'Categorical Properties'
Properties as Powers
'Scientiphicalism'
Idealism and the'Mystery of the Physical'
Powers without Qualities
Purely Relational Universes
Scientific Abstraction
Reciprocity
Contingency
Qualities Unleashed
Primary and Secondary Qualities
Powerful Qualities
Universals
Comme il Faut Philosophy
Historical Reminder
Terminological Interlude
Similarity and Identity
Costs and Benefits
Williams on Universals
'Painless Realism'
Modes and Tropes
Santayana to Lewis via Williams
Williams's Santayana
Causing
The Received View
The Causal Nexus
Powers, Dispositions
Liabilities of the Received View
Causing and Indeterminacy
Absences, Preventers, Antidotes, Blockers, Inhibitors, Finks
Is Causality Fundamental?
The Horse Before the Cart
Relations
Towards an Ontology of Relations
The Truthmaker Gap
Relations: An Opinionated History
The Ontology of Relations
Take Relations … Please
Truthmaking
Why You Should Care
Truthmaking as Entailment
'Truth Supervenes on Being'
Truth Bearers
Truthmaking and Quantification
Truth and Existence
A Truthmaker for Every Truth?
Logic and Mathematics
Non-Trivial Necessities
Truthmaking and Serious Ontology
Reduction, Blinds, and Essences
Big Pictures
Non-Reductive Physicalism: Background
Davidson: First Impressions
Davidson: Beyond First Impressions
Fodor's Anti-Reductionism
Boyd on Reduction and Natural Kinds
Similarity in the Special Sciences
Essence
A Universe without Essences
Historical Caveat
Mind and Mentality
Philosophical Puzzlement
Philosophical Fashion
The 'Mental' and the 'Physical'
Property Dualism
Metaphysical Infelicities
Back to the Drawing Board
Consciousness
Conscious Experience
Investigating Conscious Experiences
Representationalism
'Diaphanous' Experiences
Experiential Qualities
Could Experiences Really Be 'Brain Processes'?
Manufacturing Qualities
Qualities of Experiences
Conscious Thought
Conscious Thinking
Thinking and Speaking
Davidson on Higher-Order Thought
Bermudez's Argument
Thoughts and their Expression
Thought
Images, Sentential and Otherwise
Proto-Language
Non-Conscious Thought
Language in Its Place
The Ontological Turn
Ontological Convergence
Bottom-Up Ontology
Serious Ontology
Bibliography
Index