Ontology

Ontology

by Dale Jacquette
     
 

ISBN-10: 0773524649

ISBN-13: 9780773524644

Pub. Date: 11/26/2002

Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press

In the first part of the book, Dale Jacquette explores questions of pure philosophical ontology: what is meant by the concept of being, why does something exist rather than nothing, and why there is only one logically contingent actual world. The author argues that logic provides the only possible answers to these fundamental problems of pure ontology. In the

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In the first part of the book, Dale Jacquette explores questions of pure philosophical ontology: what is meant by the concept of being, why does something exist rather than nothing, and why there is only one logically contingent actual world. The author argues that logic provides the only possible answers to these fundamental problems of pure ontology. In the second part of the book Jacquette examines issues of applied scientific ontology and provides a critical survey of some of the most influential traditional ontologies, such as the distinction between appearance and reality and the categories of substance and transcendence. The ontology of physical entities - space, time, matter, and causation - are examined as well as the ontology of abstract entities - sets, numbers, properties, relations, and propositions. The special problems posed by the subjectivity of mind and of God are also explored. The book concludes with a chapter on the ontology of culture, language, and art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773524644
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
11/26/2002
Series:
Central Problems of Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
367
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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