The Primacy of Metaphysics

The Primacy of Metaphysics

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This book presents a new view of the relation between metaphysics and the theory of meaning, broadly construed. Christopher Peacocke develops a general claim that metaphysics is always involved, either as explanatorily prior, or in a no-priority relationship, to the theory of meaning and content. Meaning and intentional content are never explanatorily prior to the metaphysics. He aims to show, in successive chapters of The Primacy of Metaphysics, how the
general view holds for magnitudes, time, the self, and abstract objects. For each of these cases, the metaphysics of the entities involved is explanatorily prior to an account of the nature of our language and thought about them. Peacocke makes original contributions to the metaphysics of these topics, and
offers consequential new treatments of analogue computation and representation. In the final chapter, he argues that his approach generates a new account of the limits of intelligibility, and locates his account in relation to other treatments of this classical conundrum.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 163 x 243 x 19mm | 488g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0198835574
  • 9780198835578
  • 1,229,379

Table of contents

1: Metaphysics and the Theory of Content
2: Magnitudes
3: Time
4: The Self
5: Number
6: Ontology and Intelligibility
7: Avenues for Further Development
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About Christopher Peacocke

Christopher Peacocke worked for many years in Oxford and London. He was successively a Prize Fellow of All Souls College, a Tutorial Fellow of New College, Susan Stebbing Professor of Philosophy at Kings College London, and finally for twelve years Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at Magdalen College, Oxford. In 2000 he became Professor of Philosophy at New York University. He is currently Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and
Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy at the School of Advanced Study in the University of London.
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