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A Survey of Metaphysics


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1: Introduction: The nature of metaphysics Part I Identity and Change 2: Identity over time and change of composition 3: Qualitative change and the doctrine of temporal parts 4: Substantial change and spatiotemporal coincidence Part II Necessity, Essence, and Possible Worlds 5: Necessity and identity 6: Essentialism 7: Possible worlds Part III Causation and Conditionals 8: Conterfactual conditionals 9: Causes and conditions 10: Conterfactuals and event causation Part IV Actions and Events 11: Event causation and agent causation 12: Actions and Events 13: Events, things, and space-time Part V Space and Time 14: Absolutism versus relationalism 15: Incongruent conterparts and the nature of space 16: The paradoxes of motion and the possibility of change 17: Tense and the reality of time 18: Causation and the direction of time Part VI Universals and Particulars 19: Realism versus nominalism 20: The abstract and the concrete

About the Author

E.J. Lowe is Professor of Philosophy at University of Durham


`This is a great book. It will immediately become--and will remain for some time--one of the two or three books that are seriously considered for any metaphysics course that uses a textbook. ' Professor Trenton Merricks, University of Virginia, US `This book provides excellent coverage for typical courses in metaphysics...Lowe has avoided unnecessary technicalities and jargon; the writing is both clear and accessible to typical philosophy undergraduates. He has done a remarkable job on this score.' Professor Gary Rosenkrantz, University of North Carolina, Greenboro

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