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Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introductionis for students who have already done an introductory philosophy course. Michael J. Loux provides a fresh look at the central topics in metaphysics, making this essential reading for any student of the subject. This third edition is revised and updated and includes two new chapters on Time and Causation. Topics addressed include: the problem of universals the nature of abstract entities the problem of individuation the nature of modality identity through time the nature of time the Realism/anti-Realism debate Wherever possible, Michael J. Loux relates contemporary views to their classical sources in the history of philosophy. As an experienced teacher of philosophy and an important contributor to recent debates, Loux is uniquely qualified to write this book. the third edition retains the student -friendly features of previous editions: chapter overviewssummarizing the main topics of study examples to clarify difficult concepts annotated further reading at the end of each chapter endnotes and a full bibliography
Table of Contents
Preface to second edition
Preface to third edition
The nature of metaphysics -- some historical reflections