On Metaphysics

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U of Minnesota Press, Jan 1, 1989 - Philosophy - 173 pages
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Chisholm (philosophy, Brown), in these 18 essays, combines an internal approach to knowledge with an international approach to metaphysics, presupposing that the self is best known, and that knowledge of the self can serve as a key for further understanding. Among his topics are the whole and parts, freedom and the self, and substance and attribution. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Chisholm is a "philosopher's philosopher'': he does not write for the lay person. The 18 essays collected here--two of which have been completely rewritten and only one of which (a very short piece on ... Read full review


Part II Coming into Being Persisting and Passing Away
Part III Parts and Wholes
Part IV The Mental
Part V An Intentional Approach to Ontology

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An analytic philosopher, Roderick M. Chisholm is a meticulous epistemologist, although he also addresses historical figures and basic issues in metaphysics. He was born in Massachusetts, educated at Brown and Harvard universities, and in 1947 returned to Brown, where, with the exception of many visiting appointments, he has spent his academic career. Three important influences on Chisholm were Thomas Reid, Franz Brentano, and George Moore whose close attention to detail he owes something of his own style. All three were deeply concerned with perception, which is a major theme of Chisholm's work. His 1957 book, Perceiving, is a discussion of philosophical puzzles of perception and an attempt to resolve them. He also has written important studies of Brentano and of abstract concepts in philosophy of mind.

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