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This essential core text introduces readers to metaphysics. In thoughtful and engaging prose, Peter van Inwagen examines three profound questions: What are the most general features of the world? Why is there a world? And, what is the place of human beings in the world? The third edition includes an entirely new chapter on ontology. The new chapter presents a theory of the nature of being and proceeds to apply this theory to two problems of ontology: the problem of non-existent objects and the problem of universals. Equally valuable as a textbook in a university course or an introduction to metaphysical thinking for the interested layperson, Metaphysics remains a fascinating book for a wide range of readers, from first-time students to the most sophisticated philosophers.
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  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 33.02mm | 408.23g
  • Westview Press Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • 3rd New edition
  • 0813343569
  • 9780813343563
  • 425,018

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This student anthology presents both classic and contemporary readings in metaphysics and collects a wide range of answers to key metaphysical questions.
Metaphysics originates in attempts to answer some of the most puzzling questions about the world and our place in it. How are the appearances of things related to the things that appear? What is the nature of space and time? How do things persist through changes of parts and properties? How do causes bring about their effects? What is the relation between mind and body? Is it possible for us to act freely? Is there just one world? Why is there a world at all? Could there be an answer to this question? If so, must the answer appeal to the action of a necessary being? The anthology consists of a wide range of answers to these questions.
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About Peter Van Inwagen

Peter van Inwagen is John Cardinal O'Hara professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the author of numerous books, including Ontology, Identity, and Modality and Christian Faith and the Problem of Evil.
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