Metaphysics : A Contemporary Introduction

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Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction is for students who have already completed an introductory philosophy course and need a fresh look at the central topics in the core subject of metaphysics. It is essential reading for any student of the subject. This Fourth Edition is revised and updated and includes two new chapters on (1) Parts and Wholes, and (2) Metaphysical Indeterminacy or vagueness. This new edition also keeps the user-friendly format, the chapter overviews summarizing the main topics, concrete examples to clarify difficult concepts, annotated further reading at the end of each chapter, endnotes, and a full bibliography.

Topics addressed include:

the problem of universals

the nature of abstract entities

the problem of individuation

the nature of modality

identity through time

the nature of time

the nature of parts and wholes

the problem of metaphysical indeterminacy

the Realism/anti-Realism debate.

Wherever possible, Michael J. Loux and Thomas M. Crisp relate contemporary views to their classical sources in the history of philosophy. As experienced teachers of philosophy and important contributors to recent debates, Loux and Crisp are uniquely qualified to write this book.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 356 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 27mm | 658g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 4th New edition
  • 1138639338
  • 9781138639331

Table of contents

Introduction 1. The Problem of Universals I: Metaphysical Realism 2. The Problem of Universals II: Nominalism 3. Concrete Particulars I: Substrata, Bundles and Substances 4. Propositions and their Neighbors 5. The Necessary and the Possible 6. Causation 7. The Nature of Time 8. Concrete Particulars II: Persistence through Time 9. Concrete Particulars III: Parts and Wholes 10. Metaphysical Indeterminancy 11. The Challenge of Anti-Realism Bibliography Index
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"Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction more than merits its fourth edition. It is a valuable text for graduate students and advanced undergraduates . . . . After reading Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction, I felt wistful for grand designs, for the majesty of an Aristotle or Spinoza. But I also felt excited by the modern effort to clear the conceptual debris that system builders leave behind. When a book of philosophy elicits such complex feelings, it is a testament to its value."

--Dana Delibovi in Teaching Philosophy
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About Michael J. Loux

Michael J. Loux is Shuster Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, USA. He is also editor of Metaphysics: Contemporary Readings, designed to accompany this textbook and also published by Routledge. His book Substance and Attribute (1978) is one of the major metaphysics books of recent years. Thomas M. Crisp is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Biola University, USA. He has published widely on topics in metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of religion.
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