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Thoroughly updated, the second edition of this highly successful textbook continues to represent the most comprehensive and authoritative collection of canonical readings in metaphysics. In addition to updated material from the first edition, it presents entirely new sections on the metaphysics of material objects and the philosophy of time.One of the most comprehensive and authoritative metaphysics anthologies available - now updated and expanded Offers the most important contemporary works on the central issues of metaphysics Includes new sections on ontology and the metaphysics of material objects, as well as readings on the topics of fictionalism, fundamentality, tropes, vague identity, temporary intrinsics, stage theory, and composition Surpasses other anthologies in its combination of contributions from leading metaphysicians and a younger generation of "rising-stars"
Jaegwon Kim is William Perry Faunce Professor of Philosophy at Brown University Daniel Z. Korman is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Campaign. Ernest Sosa taught from 1964 to 2007 at Brown University, and is currently Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University.
Table of Contents
On What There Is
Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology
Beyond Being and Nonbeing
Does Ontology Rest on a Mistake?
If We Postulated Fictional Objects, What Would They Be?
On What Grounds What
The Identity of Indiscernibles
Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity
Identity and Necessity
Can There Be Vague Objects?
Modalities: Basic Concepts and Distinctions
Actualism and Thisness
A Philosopher's Paradise
Essence and Modality
Causality and Properties
The Metaphysic of Abstract Particulars
New Work for a Theory of Universals
Universals as Attributes
On the Notion of Cause
Causes and Conditions
Causal Relations .
Causality and Determination
Causation: Reductionism Versus Realism
Two Concepts of Causation
Identity through Time
Identity, Ostension, and Hypostasis
Parthood and Identity Across Time
Temporal Parts of Four-Dimensional Objects
The Problem of Temporary Intrinsics
Endurance and Temporary Intrinsics
All the World's a Stage
Persons and their Pasts
The Self and the Future
Survival and Identity
Lonely Souls: Causality and Substance Dualism
The Ontological Status of Persons
An Argument for Animalism
When are Objects Parts?
Many, But Almost One
The Argument from Vagueness
Epiphenomenalism and Eliminativism
Against Revisionary Ontology
Strange Kinds, Familiar Kinds, and the Charge of Arbitrariness
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