Metaphysics: The Classic Readings / Edition 1

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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'.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631213253
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/11/2000
  • Series: Philosophy: The Classic Readings Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 384,813
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface.


1. Tao Te Ching, Selected Chapters.

2. Plato, Phaedrus 245-50: Plato.

3. Metaphysics Books VII-VIII (Selected Chapters):Aristotle.

4. (A) Sayings On 'Conditioned Genesis'. (B)Lalitavistara, XIII 95-117. (C) Nagarjuna,Madhyamaka-Karika, Dedication and Chapter 25: Gotama (TheBuddha).

5. Brahmasutrabhasya (Selections): Samkara.

6. Principles of Philosophy Part I: René: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. Monadology: G. W. Liebnitz.

10. The Principles of Human Knowledge, Part I: 1-37:George Berkeley.

11. Critique of Pure Reason Second Edition,Transcendental Aesthetic, 1-3, 8: Immanuel Kant.

12. The World As Will and Representation, Vol II, Chapter18: Arthur Schopenhauer.

13. An Examination of Sir William Hamilton's Philosophy,Chapter 11: John Stuart Mill.

14. Appearance and Reality, Chapters 13 and 14: F. H.Bradley.

15. 'The One and The Many': William James.

16. The Philosophy of Logical Atomism, Lecture VIII:Bertrand 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, 21: Martin Heidegger.


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