Metaphysics: A Guide and Anthology

Paperback | January 29, 2004

EditorTim Crane, Katalin Farkas

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This anthology provides an extensive and varied collection of the best classical and contemporary readings in metaphysics, as well as substantial editorial material, which set the extracts in context and guide the reader through them. The book is divided into 10 sections, providing instructors with flexibility in designing and teaching a variety of courses. It contains 54 important writings on metaphysics, with introductions to each section, discussion questions and detailed guides to further reading. Perfect for undergraduatecourses, this book offers the ideal self-contained introduction to metaphysics.

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This anthology provides an extensive and varied collection of the best classical and contemporary readings in metaphysics, as well as substantial editorial material, which set the extracts in context and guide the reader through them. The book is divided into 10 sections, providing instructors with flexibility in designing and teaching...

Tim Crane has taught philosophy at University College London since 1990. He took his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 1989. Katalin Farkas graduated in mathematics and philosophy from the Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, and she took her PhD in philosophy from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1998.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:792 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.57 inPublished:January 29, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I GodIntorduction. 1. Derek Parfit: Why Anything? Why This?2. Thomas Aquinas: The five ways3. William Paley: Extract from Natural Theology4. Anselm of Canterbury: Extract from Proslogion5. G.W. Leibniz: Extract from Monadology6. J.L. Mackie: Evil and omnipotenceII Realism and IdealismIntroduction7. John Locke: Selection from Essay Concerning Human Understanding8. George Berkeley: Selection from Three Dialogues9. Immanuel Kant: Selection from Critique of Pure Reason10. Selection from Matter and Sense11. Michael Dummett: RealismIII BeingIntroduction12. Aristotle: Selection from Categories13. John Locke: Selection from Essay Concerning Human Understanding14. Robert Merrihew Adams: Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity15. W.V. Quine: On what there is16. Peter van Inwagen: Selection from Material Beings17. Gareth Evans: Can there be vague objects?18. David Lewis: Vague Identity: Evans misunderstoodPart IV Universals and ParticularsIntroduction19. Plato: Selections from Republic and Parmenides20. D.M. Armstrong: Selection from Universals: An Opinionated Introduction21. David Lewis: Selection from New work for a theory of universals22. Donald C. Williams: On the Elements of Being: I23. Sydney Shoemaker: Causality and PropertiesPart V NecessityIntroduction24. Saul Kripke: Selection from Naming and Necessity25. David Lewis: Selection from On the Plurality of Worlds26. Alvin Plantinga: Actualism and Possible Worlds27. D.M. Armstrong: Selection from A Combinational Theory of PossibilityPart VI CausationIntroduction28. Aristotle: Selection from Metaphysics29. David Hume: Selection from Enquiy Concerning Human Understanding30. David Lewis: Causation31. Donald Davidson: Causal Relations32. D.H. Mellor: Selections from The Faces of CausationVII Time and SpaceIntroduction33. Aristotle: Selection from Physics34. J.M.E McTaggart: Selection from The Nature of Existence35. Arthur N. Prior: Changes in Events and Changes in Things36. Paul Horwich: Selection from Asymmetries in Time37. Selection from The Leibniz-Clarke Correspondence38. J.J.C. Smart: The space-time world39. David Lewis: The Paradoxes of Time TravelPart VIII IdentityIntroduction40. Roderick M. Chisholm: Identity through Time41. David Lewis: Selection from On the Plurality of Worlds42. Derek Parfit: Personal Identity43. P.F. Snowdon: Persons, Animals, and OurselvesPart IX Mind and BodyIntroduction44. Rene Descartes: Selection from Meditations on First Philosophy45. G.W. Leibniz: Selection from New System of the Nature of Substances46. Gilbert Harman: Selections from Thought47. David Lewis: Psychophysical and theoretical identifications48. Donald Davidson: Selection from Thinking Causes49. Thomas Nagel: What is it like to be a bat?X Freedom and DeterminismIntroduction50. David Hume: Selection from Treatise of Human Nature51. Harry Frankfurt: Freedom of the will and the concept of a person52. Peter van Inwagen: The incompatibility of freewill and determinism53. Barry Loewer: Freedom from Physics: Quantum Mechanics and Free Will54. Roderick M. Chisholm: Human Freedom and the self

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`I have only praise for this outstanding and very thoughtfully constructed volume.'E.J. Lowe, professor of philosophy, Durham University.