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Metaphysics

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  • How Things Might Have Beenby Penelope Mackie

    Clarendon Press 2006; US$ 43.99

    Penelope Mackie's book is a novel treatment of an issue central to much current work in metaphysics: the distinction between the essential and accidental properties of individuals. Mackie challenges widely held views, and arrives at what she calls 'minimalist essentialism', an unorthodox theory according to which ordinary individuals have relatively... more...

  • Four-Dimensionalismby Theodore Sider

    Clarendon Press 2001; US$ 43.99

    Four Dimensionalism defends the thesis that the material world is composed of temporal as well as spatial parts. Along the way many topics concerning the metaphysics of time and identity over time are addressed. These include the status of past and future objects, the nature of motion and change, the existence of composite objects, and examples involving... more...

  • Reality: A Very Short Introductionby Jan Westerhoff

    OUP Oxford 2011; US$ 7.99

    'What is real?' has been one of the key questions of philosophy since its beginning in antiquity. But it is not just a question that philosophers ask. This Very Short Introduction discusses what reality is by looking at a variety of arguments, theories, and thought-experiments from philosophy, physics, and cognitive science. more...

  • Identität von Personenby Katja Crone

    De Gruyter 2016; US$ 98.00

    Persons regard themselves as individuals, ascribe characteristic features to themselves, mentally project episodes of their lives, and think about themselves. This book provides a philosophical analysis of this complex capacity and explores its preconditions. For the first time, it weaves together analytic, phenomenological, and empirical... more...

  • Possibility and Actualityby Nicolai Hartmann; Roberto Poli; Stephanie Adair; Alex Scott

    De Gruyter 2013; US$ 168.00

    Nicolai Hartmann?s Possibility and Actuality is a landmark work of modal analysis that describes the logical relations between possibility, actuality, and necessity. It deals with such questions as: How do we know that something is really possible? Is the possible only the actual? Is the actual only the possible? What is the difference... more...

  • Metaphysics: A Very Short Introductionby Stephen Mumford

    OUP Oxford 2012; US$ 7.99

    In this easy-to-understand introduction, Stephen Mumford explores one of the four main branches of philosophy: metaphysics. Using practical examples to explore the main issues, he presents the ideas in a clear and simple way, helping to clarify and unravel the basic questions of this complex and abstract concept. more...

  • An Ontology of Consciousnessby R. Ellis

    Springer Netherlands 2013; US$ 219.00

    The object of this study is to find a coherent theoretical approach to three problems which appear to interrelate in complex ways: (1) What is the ontological status of consciousness? (2) How can there be 'un­ conscious,' 'prereflective' or 'self-alienated' consciousness? And (3) Is there a 'self' or 'ego' formed by means of the interrelation of more... more...

  • Transcendental Arguments and Scienceby P. Bieri; Lorenz Krüger; R.-P. Horstmann

    Springer Netherlands 2012; US$ 179.00

    The goal of the present volume is to discuss the notion of a 'conceptual framework' or 'conceptual scheme', which has been dominating much work in the analysis and justification of knowledge in recent years. More specifi­ cally, this volume is designed to clarify the contrast between two competing approaches in the area of problems indicated by this... more...

  • Modes of Irrationalityby H.M. Garelick

    Springer Netherlands 2012; US$ 89.99

    My purpose in this study is to explore various forms of irrationality and to name some true irrationals in order to find the bounds of reason. The irrational-if there is such -sets a priori limits to philosophical investigation, for reason must stop before unreason's province. I begin by defining a primary meaning of rational. Forming, then, by opposition,... more...

  • Imagination and Reason in Plato, Aristotle, Vico, Rousseau and Keatsby J.J. Chambliss

    Springer Netherlands 2012; Not Available

    The present essay grew out of an inte:rest in exploring the relationship be­ tween "imagination" and "reason" in the history of naturalistic thinking. The essay tries to show something of the spirit of naturalism coming to terms with the place of imagination and reason in knowing, making, and doing as activities of human experience. This spirit is... more...