The Blackwell Guide to Metaphysics

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Richard M. Gale
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Philosophy - 360 pages
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The Blackwell Guide to Metaphysics is a definitive introduction to the core areas of metaphysics. It brings together sixteen internationally respected philosophers that demonstrate how metaphysics is done as they examine topics including causation, temporality, ontology, personal identity, idealism, and realism.

 

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Contents

1 Physics Metaphysics and Method in Newtons Dynamics
1
2 Causation
19
3 What Events Are
43
4 Time Temporality and Paradox
66
5 A Thomist Metaphysics
87
6 The Concept of Ontological Category A New Approach
110
7 Universals and Predication
131
8 Composition as a Fiction
151
10 Personal Identity The NonBranching Form of What Matters
190
11 Idealism
219
12 An Idealistic Realism Presuppositional Realism and Justicatory Idealism
242
13 Overcoming a Dualism of Concepts and Causes The Basic Argument of Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind
263
14 Metaphysical Realism and Logical Nonrealism
282
15 The Metaphysics of Possibilia
303
16 The Actual and the Possible
317
Index
334

9 What Do We Refer to When We Say I?
175

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Richard M. Gale is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of On the Nature and Existence of God (1991) and The Divided Self of William James (1999).

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