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Metaphysics Contemporary Readings

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ISBN-10: 0534551459

ISBN-13: 9780534551452

Edition: 1999

Authors: Steven D. Hales

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Enthusiastically reviewed and praised for its introductions and selections, METAPHYSICS: CONTEMPORARY READINGS is a comprehensive collection of readings with an ontological emphasis.
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Book details

List price: $172.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 2/9/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Editor''s Preface
Introduction to Existence
On Explaining Existence
Why is Reality as It Is? Robert Nozick, Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing? Bibliography of Further Readings
Introduction to the Realism Debates
Realism and Anti-Realism
Why There Isn''t a Ready-Made World
Putnam''s Pragmatic Realism
A Naturalistic Defense of Realism
Postscript to A Naturalistic Defense of Realism
Bibliography of Further Readings
Introduction to Truth
The Semantic Conception of Truth
The Pragmatist Theory of Truth
Truth as Ideal Coherence
The Disquotational Conception of Truth
Truth as Correspondence
Bibliography of Further Readings
Abstracta: Properties, Numbers, Propositions
Introduction to Abstracta
On What There Is
Empiricism, Semanitcs, and Ontology
On Carnap''s Analysis of Statements of Assertion and Belief
Meaning and Truth
What Numbers Could Not Be
Universals as Attributes
Bibliography of Further Readings
Secondary Qualities
Introduction to Secondary Qualities
The Secondary Qualities
Colour as a Secondary Quality
Color and Illusion
Bibliography of Further Readings
Concreta: Events
Introduction to Events
The Individuation of Events
Events as Property Exemplifications
Bibliography of Further Readings
Concreta: Substance
Introduction to Substance
Three Versions of the Bundle Theory
The Independence Criterion of Substance
Particulars in Particular Clothing: Three Trope Theories of Substance
Bibliography of Further Readings
Dependent Particulars: Holes, Boundaries, and Surfaces
Introduction to Dependent Particulars
Immaterial Bodies
Boundaries as Dependent Particulars
Two Conceptions of Surfaces
Bibliography of Further Readings
Introduction to Mereology
Identity, Ostension, and Hypostasis
Temporal Parts of Four-Dimensioned Objects
Four-Dimensional Objects
Mereological Essentialism, Mereological Conjunctivism, and Identity Through Time
Bibliography of Further Readings