What is this thing called Metaphysics?

What is this thing called Metaphysics?

by Brian Garrett
     
 

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Metaphysics is concerned with ourselves and reality, and with the most fundamental questions regarding existence. This clear and accessible introduction covers the central topics in Metaphysics in a concise but comprehensive way. Brian Garrett discusses the crucial concepts in a highly readable manner, easing the reader in with a look at some important philosophical…  See more details below

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Metaphysics is concerned with ourselves and reality, and with the most fundamental questions regarding existence. This clear and accessible introduction covers the central topics in Metaphysics in a concise but comprehensive way. Brian Garrett discusses the crucial concepts in a highly readable manner, easing the reader in with a look at some important philosophical problems. He addresses key areas of metaphysics: Existence, Causation, God, Time, Universals, Personal Identity, Truth.

What is this thing called metaphysics? contains many helpful student-friendly features. Each chapter concludes with a useful summary of the main ideas discussed, study questions, annotated further reading, and a guide to web resources. Text-boxes provide bite-sized summaries of key concepts and major philosophers, and clear and interesting examples are used throughout, whilst a helpful glossary explains important terms. This is an ideal textbook on Metaphysics for undergraduates taking a first course in philosophy.

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Praise for the first edition:

"A clear, no-nonsense introduction to metaphysics." - David Robb, Davidson College, USA

"There are very few introductions to metaphysics currently available which are as lucid, punchy, concise and readable as Garrett's. This book will really help students see what the essence of the problems is. Highly recommended." - Tim Crane, University College London, UK

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136792687
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/25/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Brian Garrett is Senior Lecturer in the School of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Australia

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