Riddles of Existence

Riddles of Existence : A Guided Tour of Metaphysics

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The questions of metaphysics are the deepest and most puzzling questions there are. What is time? Am I free in my actions? What makes me the same person I was as a child? What is it for one thing to cause another? Riddles of Existence is the first book ever to make metaphysics genuinely accessible and fun. Its lively, informal style brings the riddles to life and shows how stimulating it can be to think about them. No philosophical background is required to enjoy this book: anyone who has thought about life's most profound questions will find plenty to provoke and entertain them here.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 12mm | 257g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 11 figures
  • 0199215189
  • 9780199215188
  • 369,800

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Personal Identity ; 2. Fatalism ; 3. Time ; 4. God ; 5. Why Not Nothing? ; 6. Free Will and Determinism ; 7. Constitution ; 8. Universals ; 9. Possibility and Necessity ; 10. What is Metaphysics
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Review from previous edition A series of hors d'oeuvres for intellectual diners... The entertainment value lies in picking one's way through ingenious arguments, encountering along the way basic ideas like the law of the excluded middle and the principle of sufficient reason... Mr. Conee and Mr. Sider like to start with a common-sense, real-life question-Why is the person in my baby picture the same as the person I see in the mirror today?-and then pick apart the comfortable assumptions that carry most of us through life... The questions are big. Do things occur by accident or necessity? Do humans have free will? Why does anything exist? Nothing is resolved, but a lot is discussed, and some famous arguments, like St. Anselm's devilishly clever proof of the existence of God, are presented clearly and understandably. William Grimes, The New York Times
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About Earl Conee

Earl Conee is Professor of Philosophy at University of Rochester
Theodore Sider is Frederick Whiton Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University
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