The Universe As We Find It by John HeilThe Universe As We Find It by John Heil

The Universe As We Find It

byJohn Heil

Paperback | May 9, 2015

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What does reality encompass? Is reality exclusively physical? Or does reality include nonphysical - mental, and perhaps "abstract" - aspects? What is it to be physical or mental, or to be an abstract entity? What are the elements of being, reality's raw materials? How is the manifest image weinherit from our culture and refine in the special sciences related to the scientific image as we have it in fundamental physics? Can physics be understood as providing a 'theory of everything", or do the various sciences make up a hierarchy corresponding to autonomous levels of reality? Is ourconscious human perspective on the universe in the universe or at its limits? What, if anything, makes ordinary truths, truths of the special sciences, and truths of mathematics true? And what is it for an assertion or judgment to be "made true"? In The Universe As We Find It, John Heil offers answers to these questions framed in terms of a comprehensive ontology of substances and properties inspired by Descartes, Locke, their successors, and their latter day exemplars. Substances are simple, lacking parts that are themselves substances.Properties are modes - particular ways particular substances are - and arrangements of propertied substances serve as truthmakers for all the truths that have truthmakers. Heil argues that the deep story about the nature of these truthmakers can only be told by fundamental physics.
John Heil is Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St Louis and Honorary Research Associate at Monash University. He works primarily on topics in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind and is author of From an Ontological Point of View (Oxford, 2003), Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge, 2012), The...
Title:The Universe As We Find ItFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.7 inPublished:May 9, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198738978

ISBN - 13:9780198738978


Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction2. Substance3. Substance Stressed4. Properties5. Universals6. Causing7. Relations8. Truthmaking9. Reduction, Kinds, and Essences10. Mind and Mentality11. Conscious Experience12. Conscious Thought13. The Ontological TurnReferencesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"...the book is an enquiry that reaches beyond the universe as we find it, and even beyond the universe as our best discoveries and scientific theories say it is." --Barry Stroud, Times Literary Supplement