Categories of Being: Essays on Metaphysics and Logic

Hardcover | August 1, 2012

EditorLeila Haaparanta, Heikki Koskinen

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This edited volume is a comprehensive presentation of views on the relations between metaphysics and logic from Aristotle through twentieth century philosophers who contributed to the return of metaphysics in the analytic tradition. The collection combines interest in logic and its historywith interest in analytical metaphysics and the history of metaphysical thought. By so doing, it adds both to the historical understanding of metaphysical problems and to contemporary research in the field. Throughout the volume, essays focus on metaphysica generalis, or the systematic study of themost general categories of being. Beginning with Aristotle and his Categories , the volume goes on to trace metaphyscis and logic through the late ancient and Arabic traditions, examining the views of Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, and William Ockham. Moving into the early modern period, contributors engage with Leibniz's metaphysics,Kant's critique of metaphysics, the relation between logic and ontology in Hegel, and Bolzano's views. Subsequent chapters address: Charles S. Peirce's logic and metaphysics; the relevance of set-theory to metaphysics; Meinong's theory of objects; Husserl's formal ontology; early analytic philosophy; C.I. Lewis and his relation to Russell; and the relations between Frege, Carnap, and Heidegger.Surveying metaphysics through to the contemporary age, essays explore W.V. Quine's attitude towards metaphysics; Wilfrid Sellars's relation to antidescriptivism as it connects to Kripke's; the views of Putnam and Kaplan; Peter F. Strawson's and David M. Armstrong's metaphysics; Trope theory; and itsrelation to Popper's conception of three worlds. The volume ends with a chapter on transcendental philosophy as ontology.In each chapter, contributors approach their topics not merely in an historical and exegetical fashion, but also engage critically with the thought of the philosophers whose work they discuss, offering synthesis and original philosophical thought in the volume, in addition to very extensive andwell-informed analysis and interpretation of important philosophical texts. The volume will serve as an essential reference for scholars of metaphysics and logic.

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This edited volume is a comprehensive presentation of views on the relations between metaphysics and logic from Aristotle through twentieth century philosophers who contributed to the return of metaphysics in the analytic tradition. The collection combines interest in logic and its historywith interest in analytical metaphysics and the...

Leila Haaparanta is Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy at the University of Tampere. Heikki Koskinen is Research Doctor at the Academy of Finland.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Leila Haaparanta and Heikki J. Koskinen: Introduction1. Michael J. Loux: Being, Categories, and Universal Reference in Aristotle2. Taneli Kukkonen: Dividing Being: Before and After Avicenna3. Simo Knuuttila: The Metaphysics of the Categories in John Duns Scotus4. Calvin Normore: Ockham on Being5. Henrik Lagerlund: Leibniz (and Ockham) on the Language of Thought or How the True Metaphysics is Derived from the True Logic6. Olli Koistinen: The Critique of Pure Reason as Metaphysics7. Paul Redding: The Relation of Logic to Ontology in Hegel8. Arianna Betti: Bolzano's Universe: Metaphysics, Logic and Truth9. Torjus Midtgarden: Charles S. Peirce: Pragmatism, Logic, and Metaphysics10. Claire Ortiz Hill: Georg Cantor's Paradise, Metaphysics, and Husserlian Logic11. Peter Simons: To be and/or not to be: The Objects of Meinong and Husserl12. Michael Beaney: Logic and Metaphysics in Early Analytic Philosophy13. Sanford Shieh: Logic, Modality, and Metaphysics in Early Analytic Philosophy: C. I. Lewis against Russell14. Leila Haaparanta: On "Being" and Being: Frege between Carnap and Heidegger15. Heikki J. Koskinen: Quine, Predication, and the Categories of Being16. Kevin Scharp: Wilfrid Sellars' Anti-Descriptivism17. Hans-Johann Glock: Strawson's Descriptive Metaphysics18. Keith Campbell: D. M. Armstrong and the Recovery of Ontology19. Ilkka Niiniluoto: On Tropic Realism20. Sami Pihlstr"m: Transcendental Philosophy as Ontology