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Metaphysics : the big questions / edited by Peter Van Inwagen and Dean W. Zimmerman.

Contributor(s): Material type: TextTextSeries: Philosophy, the big questions ; 4Publication details: Oxford : Blackwell, 1998.ISBN:
  • 063120587X
  • 0631205888
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 110 21
LOC classification:
  • BD111
Partial contents:
Introduction: What is Metaphysics? -- Pt. 1. What are the Most General Features of the World? What is the Relationship between an Individual and its Characteristics? 1. Universals and Resemblances: Chapter 1 of Thinking and Experience / H. H. Price. 2. The Elements of Being / D. C. Williams. 3. The Principle of Individuation: an Excerpt from Human Knowledge, its Scope and Limits / Bertrand Russell. 4. Distinct Indiscernibles and the Bundle Theory / Dean W. Zimmerman. What is Time? What is Space? 5. Time: an Excerpt from The Nature of Existence / J. McT. E. McTaggart. 6. McTaggart's Arguments against the Reality of Time: an Excerpt from Examination of McTaggart's Philosophy / C. D. Broad. 7. The Notion of the Present / A. N. Prior. 8. The General Problem of Time and Change: an Excerpt from Scientific Thought / C. D. Broad. 9. The Space-Time World: an Excerpt from Philosophy and Scientific Realism / J. J. C. Smart. 10. Topis, Soris, Noris: an Excerpt from The Existence of Space and Time / Ian Hinckfuss. 11. Some Free Thinking about Time / A. N. Prior. 12. The Fourth Dimension: an Excerpt from The Ambidextrous Universe / Martin Gardner. 13. Incongruent Counterparts and Higher Dimensions / James Van Cleve. 14. Achilles and the Tortoise / Max Black. 15. A Contemporary Look at Zeno's Paradoxes: an Excerpt from Space, Time, and Motion / Wesley C. Salmon. 16. Grasping the Infinite / Jose A. Benardete. 17. The Paradoxes of Time Travel / David Lewis. How do Things Persist through Changes of Parts and Properties? 18. Of Confused Subjects which are Equivalent to Two Subjects: an Excerpt from The Port-Royal Logic / Antoine Arnauld and Pierre Nicole. 19. Identity through Time / Roderick M. Chisholm. 20. Identity, Ostension, and Hypostasis / W. V. O. Quine. 21. Identity: an Excerpt from Quiddities / W. V. O. Quine. 22. In Defense of Stages: Postscript B to "Survival and Identity" / David Lewis. 23. Some Problems about Time / Peter Geach. 24. The Problem of Temporary Intrinsics: an Excerpt from On the Plurality of Worlds / David Lewis. 25. Temporary Intrinsics and Presentism / Dean W. Zimmerman. How do Causes Bring about their Effects? 26. Constant Conjunction: an Excerpt from a Treatise of Human Nature / David Hume. 27. Efficient Cause and Active Power: an Excerpt from Essays on the Active Powers of the Human Mind / Thomas Reid. 28. Psychological and Physical Causal Laws: an Excerpt from The Analysis of Mind / Bertrand Russell. 29. Causality: an Excerpt from A Modern Introduction to Logic / L. Susan Stebbing. 30. Causality and Determination / G. E. M. Anscombe -- Pt. 2. What is our Place in the World? How is the Appearance of a Thing Related to the Thing that Appears? 31. The Theory of Sensa: an Excerpt from Scientific Thought / C. D. Broad. 32. Qualities: an Excerpt from Consciousness and Causality / D. M. Armstrong. 33. The Status of Appearances: an Excerpt from Theory of Knowledge (1st edition) / Roderick M. Chisholm. What is the Relation between Mind and Body? 34. Which Physical Thing Am I? An Excerpt from "Is There a Mind-Body Problem?" / Roderick M. Chisholm. 35. Personal Identity: a Materialist Account / Sydney Shoemaker. 36. Divided Minds and the Nature of Persons / Derek Parfit. 37. Personal Identity: the Dualist Theory / Richard Swinburne. 38. The Puzzle of Conscious Experience / David J. Chalmers. Is it Possible for Us to Act Freely? 39. Free Will as Involving Determination and Inconceivable without It / R. E. Hobart. 40. Human Freedom and the Self / Roderick M. Chisholm. 41. The Mystery of Metaphysical Freedom / Peter van Inwagen. 42. The Agent as Cause / Timothy O'Connor -- Pt. 3. Is there Just One World? 43. Speaking of Objects / W. V. O. Quine. 44. After Metaphysics, What? / Hilary Putnam. 45. Truth and Convention / Hilary Putnam. 46. Nonabsolute Existence and Conceptual Relativity: an Excerpt from "Putnam's Pragmatic Realism" / Ernest Sosa. 47. Addendum to "Nonabsolute Existence and Conceptual Relativity": Objections and Replies / Ernest Sosa -- Pt. 4. Why is there a World? Is There an Answer? 48. The Problem of Being: Chapter 3 of Some Problems of Philosophy / William James. 49. The Puzzle of Reality: Why does the Universe Exist? / Derek Parfit. 50. Response to Derek Parfit / Richard Swinburne. Does the Answer Involve a Necessary Being? 51. The Cosmological Argument and the Principle of Sufficient Reason / William L. Rowe. 52. The Ontological Argument: Chapters II-IV of the Proslogion / St. Anselm. 53. Anselm's Ontological Arguments / Norman Malcolm -- Pt. 5. Is Metaphysics Possible? 54. The Rejection of Metaphysics: Chapter 1 of Philosophy and Logical Syntax / Rudolf Carnap. 55. Postmodernism, Feminism, and Metaphysics: an Excerpt from Thinking Fragments / Jane Flax. 56. Metaphysics and Feminist Theory: Excerpts from "Feminist Metaphysics" and "Anti-Essentialism in Feminist Theory" / Charlotte Witt.
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Introduction: What is Metaphysics? -- Pt. 1. What are the Most General Features of the World? What is the Relationship between an Individual and its Characteristics? 1. Universals and Resemblances: Chapter 1 of Thinking and Experience / H. H. Price. 2. The Elements of Being / D. C. Williams. 3. The Principle of Individuation: an Excerpt from Human Knowledge, its Scope and Limits / Bertrand Russell. 4. Distinct Indiscernibles and the Bundle Theory / Dean W. Zimmerman. What is Time? What is Space? 5. Time: an Excerpt from The Nature of Existence / J. McT. E. McTaggart. 6. McTaggart's Arguments against the Reality of Time: an Excerpt from Examination of McTaggart's Philosophy / C. D. Broad. 7. The Notion of the Present / A. N. Prior. 8. The General Problem of Time and Change: an Excerpt from Scientific Thought / C. D. Broad. 9. The Space-Time World: an Excerpt from Philosophy and Scientific Realism / J. J. C. Smart. 10. Topis, Soris, Noris: an Excerpt from The Existence of Space and Time / Ian Hinckfuss. 11. Some Free Thinking about Time / A. N. Prior. 12. The Fourth Dimension: an Excerpt from The Ambidextrous Universe / Martin Gardner. 13. Incongruent Counterparts and Higher Dimensions / James Van Cleve. 14. Achilles and the Tortoise / Max Black. 15. A Contemporary Look at Zeno's Paradoxes: an Excerpt from Space, Time, and Motion / Wesley C. Salmon. 16. Grasping the Infinite / Jose A. Benardete. 17. The Paradoxes of Time Travel / David Lewis. How do Things Persist through Changes of Parts and Properties? 18. Of Confused Subjects which are Equivalent to Two Subjects: an Excerpt from The Port-Royal Logic / Antoine Arnauld and Pierre Nicole. 19. Identity through Time / Roderick M. Chisholm. 20. Identity, Ostension, and Hypostasis / W. V. O. Quine. 21. Identity: an Excerpt from Quiddities / W. V. O. Quine. 22. In Defense of Stages: Postscript B to "Survival and Identity" / David Lewis. 23. Some Problems about Time / Peter Geach. 24. The Problem of Temporary Intrinsics: an Excerpt from On the Plurality of Worlds / David Lewis. 25. Temporary Intrinsics and Presentism / Dean W. Zimmerman. How do Causes Bring about their Effects? 26. Constant Conjunction: an Excerpt from a Treatise of Human Nature / David Hume. 27. Efficient Cause and Active Power: an Excerpt from Essays on the Active Powers of the Human Mind / Thomas Reid. 28. Psychological and Physical Causal Laws: an Excerpt from The Analysis of Mind / Bertrand Russell. 29. Causality: an Excerpt from A Modern Introduction to Logic / L. Susan Stebbing. 30. Causality and Determination / G. E. M. Anscombe -- Pt. 2. What is our Place in the World? How is the Appearance of a Thing Related to the Thing that Appears? 31. The Theory of Sensa: an Excerpt from Scientific Thought / C. D. Broad. 32. Qualities: an Excerpt from Consciousness and Causality / D. M. Armstrong. 33. The Status of Appearances: an Excerpt from Theory of Knowledge (1st edition) / Roderick M. Chisholm. What is the Relation between Mind and Body? 34. Which Physical Thing Am I? An Excerpt from "Is There a Mind-Body Problem?" / Roderick M. Chisholm. 35. Personal Identity: a Materialist Account / Sydney Shoemaker. 36. Divided Minds and the Nature of Persons / Derek Parfit. 37. Personal Identity: the Dualist Theory / Richard Swinburne. 38. The Puzzle of Conscious Experience / David J. Chalmers. Is it Possible for Us to Act Freely? 39. Free Will as Involving Determination and Inconceivable without It / R. E. Hobart. 40. Human Freedom and the Self / Roderick M. Chisholm. 41. The Mystery of Metaphysical Freedom / Peter van Inwagen. 42. The Agent as Cause / Timothy O'Connor -- Pt. 3. Is there Just One World? 43. Speaking of Objects / W. V. O. Quine. 44. After Metaphysics, What? / Hilary Putnam. 45. Truth and Convention / Hilary Putnam. 46. Nonabsolute Existence and Conceptual Relativity: an Excerpt from "Putnam's Pragmatic Realism" / Ernest Sosa. 47. Addendum to "Nonabsolute Existence and Conceptual Relativity": Objections and Replies / Ernest Sosa -- Pt. 4. Why is there a World? Is There an Answer? 48. The Problem of Being: Chapter 3 of Some Problems of Philosophy / William James. 49. The Puzzle of Reality: Why does the Universe Exist? / Derek Parfit. 50. Response to Derek Parfit / Richard Swinburne. Does the Answer Involve a Necessary Being? 51. The Cosmological Argument and the Principle of Sufficient Reason / William L. Rowe. 52. The Ontological Argument: Chapters II-IV of the Proslogion / St. Anselm. 53. Anselm's Ontological Arguments / Norman Malcolm -- Pt. 5. Is Metaphysics Possible? 54. The Rejection of Metaphysics: Chapter 1 of Philosophy and Logical Syntax / Rudolf Carnap. 55. Postmodernism, Feminism, and Metaphysics: an Excerpt from Thinking Fragments / Jane Flax. 56. Metaphysics and Feminist Theory: Excerpts from "Feminist Metaphysics" and "Anti-Essentialism in Feminist Theory" / Charlotte Witt.