A Survey of Metaphysics by E. J. LoweA Survey of Metaphysics by E. J. Lowe

A Survey of Metaphysics

byE. J. Lowe

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A Survey of Metaphysics provides a systematic overview of modern metaphysics, covering all of the most important topics likely to be encountered on a metaphysics course. The conception of metaphysics underlying the book is the fairly traditional and widely-shared one that metaphysics dealswith the deepest questions that can be raised concerning the fundamental structure of reality as a whole. The book is divided into six main parts, each relatively self-contained, focusing in turn on the following major themes: identity and change, necessity and essence, causation, agency andevents, space and time, and universals and particulars. In an introductory chapter, the conception of metaphysics underlying the book is explained and defended against the many and varied opponents of metaphysics those students are likely to encounter. While the book makes reference when necessaryto the history of metaphysics, its emphasis is on contemporary views and issues. The author's approach is not narrowly partisan, but avoids bland neutrality in matters of controversy.

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E.J. Lowe is Professor of Philosophy at University of Durham

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Title:A Survey of MetaphysicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:January 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198752539

ISBN - 13:9780198752530

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The nature of metaphysicsPart IIdentity and Change2. Identity over time and change of composition3. Qualitative change and the doctrine of temporal parts4. Substantial change and spatiotemporal coincidencePart IINecessity, Essence, and Possible Worlds5. Necessity and identity6. Essentialism7. Possible worldsPart IIICausation and Conditionals8. Conterfactual conditionals9. Causes and conditions10. Conterfactuals and event causationPart IVActions and Events11. Event causation and agent causation12. Actions and Events13. Events, things, and space-timePart VSpace and Time14. Absolutism versus relationalism15. Incongruent conterparts and the nature of space16. The paradoxes of motion and the possibility of change17. Tense and the reality of time18. Causation and the direction of timePart VIUniversals and Particulars19. Realism versus nominalism20. The abstract and the concrete

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`This book provides excellent coverage for typical courses in metaphysics...Lowe has avoided unnecessary technicalities and jargon; the writing is both clear and accessible to typical philosophy undergraduates. He has done a remarkable job on this score.'Professor Gary Rosenkrantz, University of North Carolina, Greenboro