Metaphysics

Metaphysics

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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. Contents 1. Introduction Part One: The Way the World Is 2. Individuality 3. Externality 4. Temporality 5. Objectivity Part Two: Why the World Is 6. Necessary Being: The Ontological Argument 7. Necessary Being: The Cosmological Argument Part Three: The Inhabitants of the World 8. What Rational Beings Are There? 9. The Place of Rational Beings in the World: Design and Purpose 10. The Nature of Rational Beings: Dualism and Physicalism 11. The Nature of Rational Beings: Dualism and Personal Identity 12. The Powers of Rational Beings: Freedom of the Will 13. Concluding Meditation 14. Coda: Beingshow more

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  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • Westview Press Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 0813343569
  • 9780813343563
  • 306,990

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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.show more

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.show more

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