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This essential core text introduces readers to metaphysics. In thoughtful and engaging prose, Peter van Inwagen examines three profound questions: What are the most general features of the world? Why is there a world? And, what is the place of human beings in the world? The third edition includes an entirely new chapter on ontology. The new chapter presents a theory of the nature of being and proceeds to apply this theory to two problems of ontology: the problem of non-existent objects and the problem of universals. Equally valuable as a textbook in a university course or an introduction to metaphysical thinking for the interested layperson,Metaphysicsremains a fascinating book for a wide range of readers, from first-time students to the most sophisticated philosophers.Contents1. IntroductionPart One: The Way the World Is 2. Individuality 3. Externality 4. Temporality 5. ObjectivityPart Two: Why the World Is 6. Necessary Being: The Ontological Argument 7. Necessary Being: The Cosmological ArgumentPart Three: The Inhabitants of the World 8. What Rational Beings Are There? 9. The Place of Rational Beings in the World: Design and Purpose 10. The Nature of Rational Beings: Dualism and Physicalism 11. The Nature of Rational Beings: Dualism and Personal Identity 12. The Powers of Rational Beings: Freedom of the Will 13. Concluding Meditation 14. Coda: Being
Peter van Inwagen is the John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.
Table of Contents
|Preface to the Third Edition||p. ix|
|The Way the World is||p. 23|
|Why the World is||p. 109|
|Necessary Being: The Ontological Argument||p. 115|
|Necessary Being: The Cosmological Argument||p. 145|
|The Inhabitants of the World||p. 169|
|What Rational Beings Are There?||p. 175|
|The Place of Rational Beings in the World: Design and Purpose||p. 187|
|The Nature of Rational Beings: Dualism and Physicialism||p. 209|
|The Nature of Rational Beings: Dualism and Personal Identity||p. 235|
|The Powers of Rational Beings: Freedom of the Will||p. 253|
|Concluding Meditation||p. 273|
|Coda: Being||p. 277|
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