From an Ontological Point of View

From an Ontological Point of View

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Is the world hierarchically arranged, incorporating 'levels' of reality? What is the nature of objects and properties? What does 'realism' about ordinary objects or states of mind demand? When an assertion is true, what makes it true? Are natural properties best regarded as qualities or powers or some combination of these? What are colours? What explains the 'projective' character of intentionality? What is the nature of consciousness, and what relation do conscious
experiences bear to material states and processes?

From an Ontological Point of View endeavours to provide answers to such questions through an examination of ground-floor issues in ontology. The result is an account of the fundamental constituents of the world around us and an application of this account to problems dominating recent work in the philosophy of mind and metaphysics.

The book, written in an accessible, non-technical style, is intended for non-specialists as well as seasoned
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Product details

  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 157 x 233 x 17mm | 452g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous line drawings
  • 0199286981
  • 9780199286980
  • 1,078,855

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Review from previous edition Heil's book is masterful, wide-ranging, and instructive. It is also tightly argued, insightful, and provocative. The book is written in an admirably clear analytic style and is extremely well organized . . I strongly recommend this book to anyone with a serious interest in ontology or the philosophy of mind. * Gary Rosenkrantz, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews * unusually accessible and sparing of technical jargon. Even advocates of a "many-levels ontology" who are as resistant to change as I am will find reading this book rewarding. * Crawford L. Elder, Mind *
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