Metaphysics : The Logical Approach

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This survey of metaphysics covers the historical or classical aspects of the subject as well as those currently in the post-Wittgensteinian limelight - principally materialism, Platonism, essentialism and anti-realism. The author regards contemporary metaphysical preoccupations very much as more or less thinly disguised revisitings of those of the past, thus finds an account that ranges freely through the history of the subject is a natural one to adopt. Professor Benardete also explains how metaphysics and mathematical logic are interrelated and shows how metaphysical studies can illuminate the humanities as well as the more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 15.24mm | 176.9g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • glossary of logical symbols, notes, bibliography, index
  • 0192892037
  • 9780192892034

Table of contents

Part 1: "Qua"; relativism; dialectical devices; Herr Krug's pen; truth; ontological commitment. Part 2: categories; relations; functions; predication; non-existent entities. Part 3: Quinean poetics; sets; numbers; the myth of closure; ordered pairs. Part 4: ZF intuition; the synthetic A priori; artificial intelligence; essence; no entity without identity. Part 5: causation; anti-realism; more