Metaphysics

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010 - Philosophy - 724 pages
5 Reviews
This essential core text introduces readers to metaphysics. In thoughtful and engaging prose, Peter van Inwagen examines three profound questions; What are the most general features of the world? Why is there a world? And, what is the place of human beings in the world? The third edition includes an entirely new chapter on ontology. The new chapter presents a theory of the nature of being and proceeds to apply this theory to two problems of ontology; the problem of non-existent objects and the problem of universals. Equally valuable as a textbook in a university course or an introduction to metaphysical thinking for the interested layperson, Metaphysics remains a fascinating book for a wide range of readers, from first-time students to the most sophisticated philosophers.

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User Review  - Randy Hulshizer - Goodreads

This is an OK introductory text for students who are unfamiliar with the basic concepts of metaphysics. It doesn't go real deep into these questions, and it really is a bit one sided. Although Van ... Read full review

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User Review  - Luke - Goodreads

Fantastic introduction to metaphysics, not neutral towards issues. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Peter van Inwagen is the John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His most recent publications include Ontology, Identity, and Modality (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and The Problem of Evil (2006).

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