The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics

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The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics offers the most authoritative and compelling guide to this diverse and fertile field of philosophy. Twenty-four of the world's most distinguished specialists provide brand-new essays about 'what there is': what kinds of things there are, and what relations hold among entities falling under various categories. They give the latest word on such topics as identity, modality, time, causation, persons and minds, freedom, and vagueness. The Handbook's unrivaled breadth and depth make it the definitive reference work for students and academics across the philosophical spectrum.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199284221
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/3/2005
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 813,342
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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University of Notre Dame, Indiana

Rutgers University, New Jersey

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Nominalism 11
2 Platonistic theories of universals 46
3 Individuation 75
4 Identity 99
5 Existence, ontological commitment, and fictional entities 131
6 The problem of possibilia 161
7 Reductive theories of modality 180
8 Presentism 211
9 Four-dimensionalism 246
10 Space-time substantivalism 281
11 Persistence through time 315
12 Events 357
13 Causation and supervenience 386
14 Causation in a physical world 435
15 Distilling metaphysics from quantum physics 461
16 Material people 491
17 The ontology of the mental 527
18 Supervenience, emergence, realization, reduction 556
19 Libertarianism 587
20 Compatibilism and incompatibilism : some arguments 613
21 Realism and anti-realism : Dummett's challenge 633
22 Ontological and conceptual relativity and the self 665
23 Vagueness in reality 690
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