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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'.
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 (The Buddha).
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, Chapter 18: 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.