Metaphysics: The Key Issues from a Realistic Perspective
Presents key topics on the agenda of metaphysics such as the nature and rationale of existence, the differentiation of what is actual from the unreal and mere possibility, and the prospects and limits of our knowledge of the real.
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ON REALITY AND REALISM
Is Man the Measure?
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Accordingly alternative Alvin Plantinga axiological axiological explanation basic basis C. S. Peirce causal characterize claim cognitive commitment communication complexity conception conceptual scheme concrete constitutive course crucial definite descriptive detail dicto discourse distinction domain effect entities epistemic epistemology evidential example experience explanatory fact fiction finite functional fundamental human hypothesis ical idea identifiable inductive inherent inquiry issue knowledge language laws Leibniz limits logical manifold matter means merely possible metaphysical realism metaphysics mind-independent reality modal realism mode nature nomic nonexistent possible objects observation obtain ontological operate optimalism particular Peter van Inwagen phenomena philosophers physical pivotal position possible worlds postulate presupposition principle process philosophy prospect question real things real world realization realm reason regarding scientific realism sequence simply sort specific stance statements substance suppose supposition sure theoretical thesis thought tion tive truth ultimate theory W. V. O. Quine