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Metaphysics : the classic readings
Cooper, David E. (David Edward), 1942-
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Oxford ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2000.
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vi, 308 pages ; 24 cm.
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Metaphysics: The Classic Readings is an essential collection of the most influential attempts to depict the fundamental nature of reality or being - from Spinoza's doctrine of a single, indivisible substance to Russell's 'logical atomism', and from the Buddha's account of a causally interrelated world to Leibniz's one of casually independent 'monads'.

Author Notes

David E. Cooper is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Durham. He is the author of a number of books including Metaphor (1986), Existentialism (1990, second edition 1999) and World Philosophies: An Historical Introduction (1996). He is also editor of A Companion to Aesthetics (1992), and three previous volumes in the series Philosophy: The Classic Readings - Aesthetics (1997), Ethics (1997) and Epistemology (1999). All of the above are published by Blackwell.

Table of Contents

Series Preface
1 Selected ChaptersTao Te Ching
2 Plato, Phaedrus 245-50: Plato
3 Metaphysics Books VII-VIII (Selected Chapters): Aristotle
4A Sayings On 'Conditioned Genesis'
4B Lalitavistara, XIII 95-117
4C Dedication and Chapter 25: Gotama (The Buddha)Nagarjuna, Madhyamaka-Karika
5 Brahmasutrabhasya (Selections): Samkara
6 Principles of Philosophy Part I: Rene: Descartes
7 Ethics Part I: Benedict De Spinoza
8 An Essay Concernin g Human Understanding Book II, Chapters 8 and 23 (1-11)John Locke
9 MonadologyG. W. Liebnitz
10 The Principles of Human Knowledge, Part I: 1-37George Berkeley
11 Critique of Pure Reason Second Edition, Transcendental Aesthetic, 1-3, 8Immanuel Kant
12 The World As Will and Representation, Vol II, Chapter 18Arthur Schopenhauer
13 An Examination of Sir William Hamilton's Philosophy, Chapter 11John Stuart Mill
14 Appearance and Reality, Chapters 13 and 14F. H. Bradley
15 'The One and The Many'William James
16 The Philosophy of Logical Atomism, Lecture VIIIBertrand Russell
17 A. N. Whitehead, Process and Reality, Part I, Chapters 1 and 2 (Selected Sections)A. N. Whitehead
18 Being and Time, 14-15, 19, 21Martin Heidegger