Contemporary Readings in the Foundations of Metaphysics
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About "Contemporary Readings in the Foundations of Metaphysics"
List of Contributors for State of the Art Essays.Acknowledgements.Introduction: Metaphysics and Ontology: Stephen Laurence and Cynthia MacDonald.Part I: Methodology and Ontological Commitment:State of the Art Essay.1. The Nature of Metaphysics: Peter van Inwagen.Readings.2. Descriptive and Revisionary Metaphysics: Susan Haack.3. On What There Is: W. V. O. Quine.4. Ontological Commitments: William P. Alston.5. Quantifiers: Susan Haack.6. Identity and Substitutivity: Richard Cartwright.Part II: Possible Worlds and Possibilia:State of the Art Essay.7. Possible Worlds and Possibilia: William G. Lycan.Readings.8. Possible Worlds: David Lewis.9. Possible Worlds: Robert Stalnaker.10. Ways Worlds Could Be: Peter Forrest.Part III: Universals and Properties:State of the Art Essay.11. Universals and Properties: George Bealer.Readings.12. On Properties: Hilary Putnam.13. New Work for a Theory of Universals: David Lewis.15. A Theory of Structural Universals: John Bigelow and Robert Pargetter.Part IV: Substances:State of the Art Essay.16. Beyond Substrata and Bundles: A Prolegomenon to a Substance Ontology: Michael J. Loux.Readings.17. Bare Particulars: Edwin B. Allaire.18. Particulars Re-Clothed: V. C. Chappell.19. Another Look at Bare Particulars: Edwin B. Allaire.20. Three Versions of the Bundle Theory: James Van Cleve.Part V: Events:State of the Art Essay.21. Ontologies of Events: Lawrence Brian Lombard.Readings.22. The Individuation of Events: Donald Devidson.23. Events as Property Exemplifications: Jaegwon Kim.Part VI: Tropes:State of the Art Essay.24. Tropes and Other Things: Cynthia Macdonald.Readings.25. The Metaphysic of Abstract Particulars: Keith Campbell.26. Particulars in Particular Clothing: Three Trope Theories of Substance: Peter Simmons.Part VII: Mathematical Objects:State of the Art Essay.27. Mathematical Objectivity and Mathematical objects: Hartry Field.Readings.28. Philosophy of Logic: Hilary Putnam.29. What Numbers Could Not Be: Paul Benacerraf.Index.
This volume is a comprehensive survey of contemporary thought on a wide range of issues and provides students with the basic background to current debates in metaphysics.
Meet the Authors
Cynthia Macdonald (Ed)
Patricia Macdonald's darkly hypnotic tales have captivated readers across America, as well as in France, where she is a #1 bestselling author. Her previous novels include "Suspicious Origin, Stranger in the House, Not Guilty, " and the Edgar Award-nominated "The Unforgiven." She lives with her husband and daughter in New Jersey, where she is working on her next novel.
Stephen Laurence (Ed)
Margaret Laurence was born in Neepawa, Manitoba, in 1926. Upon graduation from Winnipeg's United College in 1947, she took a job as a reporter for the "Winnipeg Citizen," ýFrom 1950 until 1957 Laurence lived in Africa, the first two years in Somalia, the next five in Ghana, where her husband, a civil engineer, was working. She translated Somali poetry and prose during this time, and began her career as a fiction writer with stories set in Africa. ýWhen Laurence returned to Canada in 1957, she settled in Vancouver, where she devoted herself to fiction with a Ghanaian setting: in her first