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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 Biography

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
"On What There Is"
"Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology"
"Existence and Descriptions"
"Referring to Nonexistent Objects"
"Ontological Relativity"
"The Identity of Indiscernibles"
"Identity and Necessity"
"The Same F"
"Contingent Identity"
"Identity, Essense, and Indiscernibility"
Modalities and Possible Worlds
"Modalities: Basic Concepts and Distinctions"
"Identity Through Possible Worlds"
"Counterparts or Double Lives?"
"Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity"
"The Nature of Possibility"
Universals, Properties, Kinds
"Universals as Attributes"
"New Work for a Theory of Universals"
"Natural Kinds"
"On Properties"
"Causality and Properties"
Things and Their Persistence
"Identity Through Time"
"Identity, Ostension, and Hypostasis"
"Scattered Objects"
"Parthood and Identity Across Time"
"Temporal Parts of Four-Dimensional Objects"
The Persistence of the Self
"The Persistence of Persons"
"Persons and Their Pasts"
"The Self and the Future"
"Personal Identity"
"Personal Identity: the Dualist Theory"
"Human Beings"
"Causes and Conditions"
"Causal Relations"
"Causal Connections"
"The Nature of Causation: A Singularist Account"
Emergence, Reduction, Supervenience
"Mechanism and Emergentism"
"Ontological Reduction and the World of Numbers"
"Special Sciences"
"Multiple Realization and the Metaphysics of Reduction"
"Physicalism: Ontology, Reduction, and Determinism"
"Supervenience as a Philosophical Concept"
Determinism, Fatalism, Agency
"Defining Determinism"
"Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person"
"Can the Will be Caused?"
"Choice and Indeterminism"
Realism Antirealism
"Pragmatic Realism"
"Putnam's Pragmatic Realism"
"Yes, Virginia, There is a Real World"
"Morals and Modals"
"Realism, Anti-Realism, Irrealism, Quasi-Realism"
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