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Metaphysics : an anthology
Kim, Jaegwon.
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Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1999.
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xi, 676 pages ; 25 cm.
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Central Library BD111 .M55 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This anthology, intended to accompany A Companion to Metaphysics (Blackwell, 1995), brings together over 60 selections which represent the best and most important works in metaphysics during this century. The selections are grouped under ten major metaphysical problems and each section is preceded by an introduction by the editors.

Author Notes

Jaegwon Kim has taught at Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Michigan, and is now William Perry Faunce Professor of Philosophy at Brown University. He is the author of Supervenience and the Mind (1993) and Philosophy of Mind (1996), and the editor, with Ernest Sosa, of A Companion to Metaphysics (Blackwell, 1995).

Ernest Sosa has taught since 1964 at Brown University, where he is now Romeo Elton Professor of Natural Theology and Professor of Philosophy. He is the author of Knowledge in Perspective (1991). He is co-editor (with John Greco) of The Blackwell Guide to Epistemology (1999); and co-editor (with Jaegwon Kim) of A Companion to Metaphysics (Blackwell, 1995).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Part I Existence
1 "On What There Is"W. V. Quine
2 "Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology"Rudolf Carnap
3 "Existence and Descriptions"Bertrand Russell
4 "Referring to Nonexistent Objects"Terence Parsons
5 "Ontological Relativity"W. V. Quine
Part II Identity
6 "The Identity of Indiscernibles"Max Black
7 "Identity and Necessity"Saul Kripke
8 "The Same F"John Perry
9 "Contingent Identity"Allan Gibbard
10 "Identity, Essense, and Indiscernibility"Steohen Yablo
Part III Modalities and Possible Worlds
11 "Modalities: Basic Concepts and Distinctions"Alvin Plantinga
12 "Identity Through Possible Worlds"Roderick M. Chisolm
13 "Counterparts or Double Lives?"David Lewis
14 "Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity"Robert M. Adams
15 "The Nature of Possibility"D. M. Armstrong
Part IV Universals, Properties, Kinds
16 "Universals as Attributes"D. M. Armstrong
17 "New Work for a Theory of Universals"David Lewis
18 "Natural Kinds"W. V. Quine
19 "On Properties"Hilary Putnam
20 "Causality and Properties"Sydney Shoemaker
Part V Things and Their Persistence
21 "Identity Through Time"Roderick M. Chisolm
22 "Identity, Ostension, and Hypostasis"W. V. Quine
23 "Scattered Objects"Richard Cartwright
24 "Parthood and Identity Across Time"Judith Jarvis Thomson
25 "Temporal Parts of Four-Dimensional Objects"Mark Heller
Part VI The Persistence of the Self
26 "The Persistence of Persons"Roderick M. Chisolm
27 "Persons and Their Pasts"Sydney Shoemaker
28 "The Self and the Future"Bernard Williams
29 "Personal Identity"Derek Parfit
30 "Personal Identity: the Dualist Theory"Richard Swinburne
31 "Human Beings"Mark Johnston
Part VII Causation
32 "Causes and Conditions"J. L. Mackie
33 "Causal Relations"Donald Davidson
34 "Causation"David Lewis
35 "Causal Connections"Wesley C. Salmon
36 "The Nature of Causation: A Singularist Account"Michael Tooley
Part VIII Emergence, Reduction, Supervenience
37 "Mechanism and Emergentism"C. D. Broad
38 "Ontological Reduction and the World of Numbers"W. V. Quine
39 "Special Sciences"Jerry A. Fodor
40 "Multiple Realization and the Metaphysics of Reduction"Jaegwon Kim
41 "Physicalism: Ontology, Reduction, and Determinism"Geoffrey Hellman and Frank Thompson
42 "Supervenience as a Philosophical Concept"Jaegwon Kim
Part IX Determinism, Fatalism, Agency
43 "Defining Determinism"John Earman
44 "Fatalism"Richard Taylor
45 "Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person"Harry G. Frankfurt
46 "Can the Will be Caused?"Carl Ginet
47 "Choice and Indeterminism"Robert Nozick
Part X Realism Antirealism
48 "Realism"Michael Dummett
49 "Pragmatic Realism"Hilary Putnam
50 "Putnam's Pragmatic Realism"Ernest Sosa
51 "Yes, Virginia, There is a Real World"William P. Alston
52 "Morals and Modals"Simon Blackburn
53 "Realism, Anti-Realism, Irrealism, Quasi-Realism"Crispin Wright

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