Ontology

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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: 11/1/2002
  • 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 such 1
1 What it is to be (on Heidegger) 12
2 Combinatorial ontology 42
3 Why there is something rather than nothing 89
4 Why there is only one logically contingent actual world 109
5 Concepts of existence in philosophical logic and the analysis of being qua being 134
6 Ontological commitment (on Quine) 156
7 Appearance, reality, substance, transcendence 182
8 Physical entities: space, time, matter and causation, physical states of affairs and events, natural laws 193
9 Abstract entities, particular and universal: numbers, sets, properties, qualities, relations, propositions and possibilities, logical, mathematical and metaphysical laws 206
10 Subjectivity of mind in the world of objective physical facts 233
11 God, a divine supernatural mind? 253
12 Ontology of culture: language, art and artefacts 265
Conclusion: scientific-philosophical ontology 275
Notes 281
Bibliography 309
Index 329
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