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This Anthology, intended to accompany A Companion to Metaphysics (Blackwell, 1995), brings together over 60 selections which represent the best and most important works in metaphysics during the last century. The selections are grouped under ten major metaphysical problems and each section is preceded by an introduction by the editors. Some of the problems covered are existence, identity, essence and essential properties, "possible worlds", things and their identity over time, emergence and supervenience, causality, and realism/antirealism. The coverage is comprehensive and should be accessible to those without a background in technical philosophy.

Synopsis:

In the BLACKWELL PHILOSOPHY ANTHOLOGIES series, a selection of over sixty writings on metaphysical problems such as existence, identity, causality and realism/antirealism. This anthology is edited by the editors of A COMPANION TO METAPHYSICS, which it is intended to accompany.

Synopsis:

This anthology, intended to accompany A Companion to Metaphysics (Blackwell, 1995), brings together over 60 selections which represent the best and most important works in metaphysics during this century. The selections are grouped under ten major metaphysical problems and each section is preceded by an introduction by the editors.

About the Author

Jaegwon Kim has taught at Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Michigan, and is now William Perry Faunce Professor of Philosophy at Brown University. He is the author of Supervenience and the Mind (1993) and Philosophy of Mind (1996), and the editor, with Ernest Sosa, of A Companion to Metaphysics (Blackwell, 1995).

Ernest Sosa has taught since 1964 at Brown University, where he is now Romeo Elton Professor of Natural Theology and Professor of Philosophy. He is the author of Knowledge in Perspective (1991). He is co-editor (with John Greco) of The Blackwell Guide to Epistemology (1999); and co-editor (with Jaegwon Kim) of A Companion to Metaphysics (Blackwell, 1995).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents.

Preface.

Part I: Existence: .

1."On What There Is": W. V. Quine.

2."Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology": Rudolf Carnap.

3."Existence and Descriptions": Bertrand Russell.

4."Referring to Nonexistent Objects": Terence Parsons.

5."Ontological Relativity": W. V. Quine.

Part II: Identity:.

6."The Identity of Indiscernibles": Max Black.

7."Identity and Necessity": Saul Kripke.

8."The Same F": John Perry.

9."Contingent Identity": Allan Gibbard.

10."Identity, Essense, and Indiscernibility": Steohen Yablo.

Part III: Modalities and Possible Worlds:.

11."Modalities: Basic Concepts and Distinctions": Alvin Plantinga.

12."Identity Through Possible Worlds": Roderick M. Chisolm.

13."Counterparts or Double Lives?": David Lewis.

14."Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity": Robert M. Adams.

15."The Nature of Possibility": D. M. Armstrong.

Part IV: Universals, Properties, Kinds:.

16."Universals as Attributes": D. M. Armstrong.

17."New Work for a Theory of Universals": David Lewis.

18."Natural Kinds": W. V. Quine.

19."On Properties": Hilary Putnam.

20."Causality and Properties": Sydney Shoemaker.

Part V: Things and Their Persistence:.

21."Identity Through Time": Roderick M. Chisolm.

22."Identity, Ostension, and Hypostasis": W. V. Quine.

23."Scattered Objects": Richard Cartwright.

24."Parthood and Identity Across Time": Judith Jarvis Thomson.

25."Temporal Parts of Four-Dimensional Objects": Mark Heller.

Part VI: The Persistence of the Self:.

26."The Persistence of Persons": Roderick M. Chisolm.

27."Persons and Their Pasts": Sydney Shoemaker.

28."The Self and the Future": Bernard Williams.

29."Personal Identity": Derek Parfit.

30."Personal Identity: the Dualist Theory": Richard Swinburne.

31."Human Beings": Mark Johnston.

Part VII: Causation:.

32."Causes and Conditions": J. L. Mackie.

33."Causal Relations": Donald Davidson.

34."Causation": David Lewis.

35."Causal Connections": Wesley C. Salmon.

36."The Nature of Causation: A Singularist Account": Michael Tooley.

Part VIII: Emergence, Reduction, Supervenience:.

37."Mechanism and Emergentism": C. D. Broad.

38."Ontological Reduction and the World of Numbers": W. V. Quine.

39."Special Sciences": Jerry A. Fodor.

40."Multiple Realization and the Metaphysics of Reduction": Jaegwon Kim.

41."Physicalism: Ontology, Reduction, and Determinism": Geoffrey Hellman and Frank Thompson.

42."Supervenience as a Philosophical Concept": Jaegwon Kim.

Part IX: Determinism, Fatalism, Agency:.

43."Defining Determinism": John Earman.

44."Fatalism": Richard Taylor.

45."Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person": Harry G. Frankfurt.

46."Can the Will be Caused?": Carl Ginet.

47."Choice and Indeterminism": Robert Nozick.

Part X: Realism / Antirealism: .

48."Realism": Michael Dummett.

49."Pragmatic Realism": Hilary Putnam.

50."Putnam's Pragmatic Realism": Ernest Sosa.

51."Yes, Virginia, There is a Real World": William P. Alston.

52."Morals and Modals": Simon Blackburn.

53."Realism, Anti-Realism, Irrealism, Quasi-Realism": Crispin Wright.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631202790
Subtitle:
An Anthology
Editor:
Sosa, Ernest
Editor:
Sosa, Ernest
Editor:
Kim, Jaegwon
Author:
O S S
Author:
Kim, Chong Ed.
Author:
Sosa E., E.
Author:
Sosa, Ernest
Author:
a, Ernest
Author:
Kim, Jaegwon
Editor:
Kim, Jaegwon
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Location:
Malden, Mass. :
Subject:
Metaphysics
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Series:
Blackwell Philosophy Anthologies
Series Volume:
7
Publication Date:
February 1999
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
688
Dimensions:
9.65x6.65x1.50 in. 2.52 lbs.

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