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Metaphysics

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  • Time for Aristotleby Ursula Coope

    Clarendon Press 2005; US$ 37.99

    What is the relation between time and change? Does time depend on the mind? Is the present always the same or is it always different? Aristotle tackles these questions in the Physics, and Time for Aristotle is the first book in English devoted to this discussion.Aristotle claims that time is not a kind of change, but that it is something dependent... more...

  • The Four-Category Ontologyby E. J. Lowe

    Clarendon Press 2005; US$ 44.99

    E. J. Lowe sets out and defends his theory of what there is. His four-category ontology is a metaphysical system that recognizes two fundamental categorial distinctions which cut across each other to generate four fundamental ontological categories. The distinctions are between the particular and the universal and between the substantial and the non-substantial.... more...

  • Philosophy and Temporality from Kant to Critical Theoryby Espen Hammer

    Cambridge University Press 2011; US$ 28.00

    Critical analysis of how key philosophers in the European tradition responded to the emergence of a modern conception of temporality. more...

  • Experience and the World's Own Languageby Richard Gaskin

    Clarendon Press 2006; US$ 84.99

    John McDowell's 'minimal empiricism' is one of the most influential and widely discussed doctrines in contemporary philosophy. Richard Gaskin subjects it to careful examination and criticism. The doctrine is undermined, he argues, by inadequacies in the way McDowell conceives what he styles the 'order of justification' connecting... more...

  • Nature's Metaphysicsby Alexander Bird

    Clarendon Press 2007; US$ 33.99

    Nature's Metaphysics argues that a satisfactory philosophy of science requires a metaphysics that is based on the understanding that natural properties are essentially dispositional. Alexander Bird develops a dispositional essentialist account of the laws of nature, defending the claim that laws are metaphysically necessary. Professional philosophers... more...

  • Ontological Categoriesby Jan Westerhoff

    Clarendon Press 2005; US$ 84.99

    The concept of an ontological category is central to metaphysics. Metaphysicians argue about which category an object should be assigned to, whether one category can be reduced to another one, or whether there might be different equally adequate systems of categorization. Answers to these questions presuppose a clear understanding of what precisely... more...

  • The Law-Governed Universeby John T. Roberts

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 39.99

    John T. Roberts presents and defends a radically new theory of laws of nature, the Measurability Account. Though consistent with a Humean ontology, Roberts's theory differs sharply from the most influential Humean theory of laws, David Lewis's Best-System Analysis. Unlike other Humean theories, the Measurability Account affirms that there is... more...

  • Solving the Communion Enigmaby Whitley Strieber

    Penguin Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.95

    The bestselling author probes the ultimate significance behind today's increasing reports of UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles, and other unexplained phenomena-and what they mean for humanity's immediate future. In 1987 writer Whitley Strieber exposed the world to the truth about alien abduction in his landmark memoir, Communion . For the... more...

  • Works of Musicby Julian Dodd

    Clarendon Press 2007; US$ 84.99

    In this original and iconoclastic book, Julian Dodd argues for what he terms the simple view of the ontological nature of works of pure, instrumental music. This account is the conjunction of two theses: the type/token theory and sonicism. The type/token theory addresses the question of which ontological category musical works fall under, and its answer... more...

  • Truth and Ontologyby Trenton Merricks

    Clarendon Press 2007; US$ 33.99

    That there are no white ravens is true because there are no white ravens. And so there is a sense in which that truth 'depends on the world'. But this sort of dependence is trivial. After all, it does not imply that there is anything that is that truth's 'truthmaker'. Nor does it imply that something exists to which that truth corresponds.... more...