The Possibility of Metaphysics: Substance, Identity, and Time

Paperback | June 1, 2001

byE. J. Lowe

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Jonathan Lowe argues that metaphysics should be restored to a central position in philosophy, as the most fundamental form of rational inquiry, whose findings underpin those of all other disciplines. He portrays metaphysics as charting the possibilities of existence, by idetifying thecategories of being and the relations of ontological dependency between entities of different categories. He proceeds to set out a unified and original metaphysical system: he defends a substance ontology, according to which the existence of the world s one world in time depends upon the existenceof persisting things which retain their identity over time and through processes of qualitative change. And he contends that even necessary beings, such as the abstract objects of mathematics, depend ultimately for their existence upon there being a concrete world of enduring substances. Within hissystem of metaphysics Lowe seeks to answer many of the deepest and most challenging questions in philosophy.

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Jonathan Lowe argues that metaphysics should be restored to a central position in philosophy, as the most fundamental form of rational inquiry, whose findings underpin those of all other disciplines. He portrays metaphysics as charting the possibilities of existence, by idetifying thecategories of being and the relations of ontological...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:286 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:June 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. The Possibility of Metaphysics2. Objects and Identity3. Identity and Unity4. Time and Persistence5. Persistence and Substance6. Substance and Dependence7. Primitive Substances8. Categories and Kinds9. Matter and Form10. Abstract Entities11. Facts and the World12. The Puzzle of ExistenceBibliographyIndex

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`a very rich book ... deserves to be read carefully by anyone interested in any of the many subjects he discusses.'Katherine Hawley, British Journal of the Philosophy of Science 50 (1999)