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…  See more details below

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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.

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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)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Being as such1
1What it is to be (on Heidegger)12
2Combinatorial ontology42
3Why there is something rather than nothing89
4Why there is only one logically contingent actual world109
5Concepts of existence in philosophical logic and the analysis of being qua being134
6Ontological commitment (on Quine)156
7Appearance, reality, substance, transcendence182
8Physical entities: space, time, matter and causation, physical states of affairs and events, natural laws193
9Abstract entities, particular and universal: numbers, sets, properties, qualities, relations, propositions and possibilities, logical, mathematical and metaphysical laws206
10Subjectivity of mind in the world of objective physical facts233
11God, a divine supernatural mind?253
12Ontology of culture: language, art and artefacts265
Conclusion: scientific-philosophical ontology275
Notes281
Bibliography309
Index329

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