Oxford Studies in Metaphysics: Volume 4

Paperback | June 15, 2008

EditorDean Zimmerman

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Oxford Studies in Metaphysics is the forum for the best new work in this flourishing field. Much of the most interesting work in philosophy today is metaphysical in character: this new series is a much-needed focus for it. OSM offers a broad view of the subject, featuring not only thetraditionally central topics such as existence, identity, modality, time, and causation, but also the rich clusters of metaphysical questions in neighbouring fields, such as philosophy of mind and philosophy of science. Besides independent essays, volumes will often contain a critical essay on arecent book, or a symposium that allows participants to respond to one another's criticisms and questions. A special feature of this volume is an unpublished paper on nominalism by W. V. Quine, arguably the most influential figure in philosophy in the second half of the twentieth century. It isaccompanied by five specially commissioned commentaries. Topics discussed by other papers in this volume include ontology, location, truthmaking, and physicalism. Anyone who wants to know what's happening in metaphysics can start here.

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Oxford Studies in Metaphysics is the forum for the best new work in this flourishing field. Much of the most interesting work in philosophy today is metaphysical in character: this new series is a much-needed focus for it. OSM offers a broad view of the subject, featuring not only thetraditionally central topics such as existence, ide...

Dean W. Zimmerman is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, New Jersey.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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I. QUINE'S 1946 LECTURE ON NOMINALISM: A SYMPOSIUM1. Willard Van Orman Quine: Nominalism2. Paolo Mancosu: Quine and Tarski on Nominalism3. John P. Burgess: Cats, Dogs, and So On4. Charles Chihara: Quine's Lecture on Nominalism From the Perspective of a Nominalist5. Joseph Melia: A World of Concrete Particulars6. Peter van Inwagen: Quine's 1946 Lecture on NominalismII. SOME PRINCIPLES CONCERNING DEPENDENCE AND NECESSITY7. Stephan Leuenberger: Ceteris Absentibus Physicalism8. Daniel Nolan: Truthmakers and Predication9. Jacek Brzozowski: On Locating Composite ObjectsIII. GUNK AND BLOBS10. Frank Arntzenius: Gunk, Topology and Measure11. Jeffrey T. Russell: The Structure of Gunk: Adventures in the Ontology of Space12. Mark Wilson: Beware the Blob: Cautions for Would-Be Metaphysicians