Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction [NOOK Book]

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Metaphysics: A contemporary introduction is 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 ...
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Overview

Metaphysics: A contemporary introduction is 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 overviews summarizing the main topics of study, examples to clarify difficult concepts, annotated further reading at the end of each chapter, endnotes and a full bibliography.

About the Author:
Michael J. Loux is Shuster Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame

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'Very good…It goes into a lot of detail while always keeping the reader’s eyes on the main issues. The chapters are well-structured and well-written.' - Tim Crane, Times Higher Education Supplement

'Excellent…It is well written and meets the need for something harder than first year texts. Students and teachers will like it.' - Frank Jackson, Australian National University

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Meet the Author

Michael J. Loux is the George Schuster Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame University, Indiana. He is author of the forthcoming Metaphysics: Contemporary Readings, designed to accompany this textbook and also published by Routledge. His book Substance and Attribute (1978) is one of the major metaphysics books of recent years.

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Table of Contents

1 The problem of universals I : metaphysical realism 17
2 The problem of universals II : nominalism 46
3 Concrete particulars I : substrata, bundles, and substances 84
4 Propositions and their neighbors 121
5 The necessary and the possible 153
6 Causation 187
7 The nature of time 205
8 Concrete particulars II : persistence through time 230
9 The challenge of anti-realism 259
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