From An Ontological Point Of View

Paperback | October 21, 2005

byJohn Heil

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Is the world hierarchically arranged, incorporating 'levels' of reality? What is the nature of objects and properties? What does 'realism' about ordinary objects or states of mind demand? When an assertion is true, what makes it true? Are natural properties best regarded as qualities or powersor some combination of these? What are colours? What explains the 'projective' character of intentionality? What is the nature of consciousness, and what relation do conscious experiences bear to material states and processes?From an Ontological Point of View endeavours to provide answers to such questions through an examination of ground-floor issues in ontology. The result is an account of the fundamental constituents of the world around us and an application of this account to problems dominating recent work in thephilosophy of mind and metaphysics.The book, written in an accessible, non-technical style, is intended for non-specialists as well as seasoned

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Is the world hierarchically arranged, incorporating 'levels' of reality? What is the nature of objects and properties? What does 'realism' about ordinary objects or states of mind demand? When an assertion is true, what makes it true? Are natural properties best regarded as qualities or powersor some combination of these? What are colo...

John Heil is at Washington University in Saint Louis and Monash University, Australia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.66 inPublished:October 21, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. IntroductionONTOLOGY2. Levels of Reality3. Predicates and Properties4. Difficulties for the Levels Conception5. Abandoning Levels6. Philosophical Analysis7. Truth Making8. Powers9. Dispositional and Categorical Properties10. Properties as Pure Powers11. The Identity Theory12. Universals13. Modes14. Imperfect Similarity15. Objects16. Substantial IdentityAPPLICATIONS17. Colour18. Intentionality19. Conscious Experience20. Zombies

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`unusually accessible and sparing of technical jargon. Even advocates of a "many-levels ontology" who are as resistant to change as I am will find reading this book rewarding.'Crawford L. Elder, Mind