A Survey of Metaphysics

Author: E. Jonathan Lowe

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780198752530

Category: Philosophy

Page: 402

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A Survey of Metaphysics provides a systematic overview of modern metaphysics, covering all of the most important topics likely to be encountered on a metaphysics course. The conception of metaphysics underlying the book is the fairly traditional and widely-shared one that metaphysics deals with the deepest questions that can be raised concerning the fundamental structure of reality as a whole. The book is divided into six main parts, each relatively self-contained, focusing in turn on the following major themes: identity and change, necessity and essence, causation, agency and events, space and time, and universals and particulars. In an introductory chapter, the conception of metaphysics underlying the book is explained and defended against the many and varied opponents of metaphysics those students are likely to encounter. While the book makes reference when necessary to the history of metaphysics, its emphasis is on contemporary views and issues. The author's approach is not narrowly partisan, but avoids bland neutrality in matters of controversy.

The Possibility of Metaphysics:Substance, Identity, and Time

Substance, Identity, and Time

Author: E. J. Lowe

Publisher: Clarendon Press

ISBN: 9780198236832

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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Jonathan Lowe argues that metaphysics should be restored to a central position in philosophy, as the most fundamental form of rational inquiry, whose findings underpin those of all other disciplines. He portrays metaphysics as charting the possibilities of existence, by identifying the categories of being and the relations of ontological dependency between entities of different categories. He proceeds to set out a unified and original metaphysical system: he defends a substanceontology, according to which the existence of the world as one world in time depends upon the existence of persisting things which retain their identity over time and through processes of qualitative change. And he contends that even necessary beings, such as the abstract objects of mathematics, dependultimately for their existence upon there being a concrete world of enduring substances. Within his system of metaphysics Lowe seeks to answer many of the deepest and most challenging questions in philosophy.

A survey of buddhist thought

Highlights of buddhist philosophy

Author: Dr. Alfred R. Scheepers

Publisher: Uitgeverij Abraxas / Olive Press

ISBN: 9079133167

Category: Philosophy

Page: 382

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Tracing the development of Buddhist thought from a primarily philosophical and epistemological point of view, this wide-ranging study covers a period of more than 2,000 years, following Buddhism from its homeland, India, through its expansion into China and Japan. The diverse historical and cultural settings of Buddhism are considered, and the significant changes and shifts in Buddhist thought are placed in context with the remarkable degree of continuity that has been maintained. Included are discussions of early Buddhist schools in India and South-East Asia, the differences between the two main branches of Buddhism, and the development of Zen philosophies in Japan.

Process Philosophy

A Survey of Basic Issues

Author: Nicholas Rescher

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre

ISBN: 0822973936

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

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Process Philosophy surveys the basic issues and controversies surrounding the philosophical approach known as “process philosophy.” Process philosophy views temporality, activity, and change as the cardinal factors for our understanding of the real—process has priority over product, both ontologically and epistemically. Rescher examines the movement's historical origins, reflecting a major line of thought in the work of such philosophers as Heracleitus, Leibniz, Bergson, Peirce, William James, and especially A. N. Whitehead.

Language, Metaphysics, and Death

Author: John Donnelly

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 9780823215829

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 381

View: 1864

This standard work in thanatology is updated with ten essays new to the second edition, and features a new introduction by Donnelly. The collection addresses certain basic issues inherent in a philosophy of death.

The Metaphysics of Powers

Their Grounding and their Manifestations

Author: Anna Marmodoro

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136968342

Category: Philosophy

Page: 227

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This volume is a collection of papers that advance our understanding of the metaphysics of powers — properties such as fragility and electric charge. The metaphysics of powers is a fast developing research field with fundamental questions at the forefront of current research, such as Can there be a world of only powers? What is the manifestation of a power? Are powers and their manifestations related by necessity? What are the prospects for dispositional accounts of causation? The papers focus on questions concerning the metaphysics of powers that cut across any particular subject-specific ontological domain -- whether philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, ethics, epistemology – investigating the metaphysical structure of powers, the nature of the manifestation of powers, the necessity or contingency of a power’s relation to its manifestations, and powers and causation. A number of authors also engage in discussion with Humean and neo-Humean treatments of causation, thereby making contributions to a larger metaphysical debate beyond powers. Additionally, the authors engage critically with the latest contributions to the debate on powers in the literature, thereby bringing together in a wholesome and analytical way the most recent and noteworthy theoretical developments in this research field.

Understanding Society, A Survey of Modern Social Theory

Sociology, Sociology

Author: CTI Reviews

Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews

ISBN: 146724693X

Category: Education

Page: 71

View: 459

Facts101 is your complete guide to Understanding Society, A Survey of Modern Social Theory. In this book, you will learn topics such as PART III: Chapter 9 - Chapter 13, plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

God and the World of Signs

Trinity, Evolution, and the Metaphysical Semiotics of C. S. Peirce

Author: Andrew Robinson

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004187995

Category: Religion

Page: 381

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Drawing on the philosophy of C. S. Peirce, Robinson develops a ‘semiotic model’ of the Trinity and proposes a new theology of nature according to which the evolving cosmos may be understood as bearing ‘vestiges of the Trinity in creation’.

Bradley and the Problematic Status of Metaphysics

In Search of an Adequate Ontology of Appearance

Author: Damian Ilodigwe

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Press

ISBN: 1904303552

Category: Philosophy

Page: 512

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Bradley is a much neglected philosopher. The neglect is hardly justifiable, considering what Bradley actually wrote. However, the situation has improved in the last couple of decades, as there are signs of renewed interest in Bradley. Indeed, a basic consensus among Bradley scholars is the need for a reassessement of his philosophy and his place in the history of philosophy. In this interpretive and critical work, Ilodigwe undertakes an appraisal of Bradley's philosophy. He argues that Bradley's metaphysics of the absolute is the core of his philosophical system This means that we cannot understand Bradley's philosophy unless we do justice to this aspect of his thought. Nor would it be possible to gain a full conspectus of the varied ramification of his thought if dissociated from the larger milieu relative to which they subsist and have their being. Unfortunately, much of the contemporary rejection of Bradley's metaphysics is predicted on this sort of fragementary appreciation, as evidenced by Russell and James's reception of Bradley. Bradley and the Problematic Status of Metaphysics tries to redress this imbalance. Ilodigwe here makes a case for a fundamental reassessment of Bradley's philosophy by taking his account of the Absolute as point of reference for receiving other aspects of his thought. In keeping with this strategy, Part 1 and 2 focuses on a number of themes in Bradley's philosophy such as his account of immediate experience, his theory of Judgement, his analysis of the essence of thought and his account of truth as appearance. In each case Ilodigwe shows how the themes illutrate a two-fold thesis that permeate Bradley's thought: the claim as to the immanence of the Absolute in its appearances, and the further claim that the Absolute is irreducible to to any of its apperances. Part 3 relates Bradley's philosophy to the situation of contemporary philosophy by assessing Russell and James's appraisal of Bradley.

Die Logik des Transzendentalen

Festschrift für Jan A. Aertsen zum 65. Geburtstag

Author: Martin Pickavé

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110204584

Category: Philosophy

Page: 759

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The series MISCELLANEA MEDIAEVALIA was founded by Paul Wilpert in 1962 and since then has presented research from the Thomas Institute of the University of Cologne. The cornerstone of the series is provided by the proceedings of the biennial Cologne Medieval Studies Conferences, which were established over 50 years ago by Josef Koch, the founding director of the Institute. The interdisciplinary nature of these conferences is reflected in the proceedings. The MISCELLANEA MEDIAEVALIA gather together papers from all disciplines represented in Medieval Studies - medieval history, philosophy, theology, together with art and literature, all contribute to an overall perspective of the Middle Ages.

Zbigniew Preisner's Three Colors Trilogy: Blue, White, Red

A Film Score Guide

Author: Nicholas W. Reyland

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810883651

Category: Music

Page: 482

View: 6786

Anaylzing the scores of Blue (1993), White (1993), and Red (1994)—the Three Colors trilogy—Nicholas Reyland provides historical context for the music and explores the life of the composer, the narrative role of the music within the films, and the creative collaboration between the director, the scriptwriter, and Preisner.

From the Divine to the Human

A New Translation with Selected Letters

Author: Frithjof Schuon

Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc

ISBN: 1936597322

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 6242

In this book, which has been called a synthesis of his whole message, Frithjof Schuon invites us to explore aspects of humankind’s relationship with the Divine, including our sense of the sacred, the conditions of our existence, the symbolism of the human body, and the question of accepting or refusing God’s message. In doing so, Schuon paves the way for a true spiritual engagement. This revised edition has been fully retranslated and contains valuable editor’s notes and a glossary, plus a fascinating appendix of previously unpublished writings.

Empiricism and the Problem of Metaphysics

Author: Paul Studtmann

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739142577

Category: Philosophy

Page: 180

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Empiricism and the Problem of Metaphysics develops and defends an empiricist solution to the problem of metaphysics, then examines the implications of such a solution for skeptical arguments and the is-ought gap. At the heart of the solution is an empirically verifiable empiricist view of the a priori.

Fundamentals of Legal Argumentation

A Survey of Theories on the Justification of Judicial Decisions

Author: Eveline T. Feteris

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401592195

Category: Philosophy

Page: 225

View: 7232

Legal argumentation is a distinctively multidisciplinary field of inquiry. It draws its data, assumptions and methods from disciplines such as legal theory, legal philosophy, logic, argumentation theory, rhetoric, linguistics, literary theory, philosophy, sociology, and artificial intelligence. This presents the growing group of interested scholars and students with a problem of access, since, even for those active in the field, it is not common to have acquired a familiarity with relevant aspects of each discipline that enters into this multidisciplinary matrix. Fundamentals of Legal Argumentation offers its readers a unique and comprehensive survey of the various theoretical influences which have informed the study of legal argumentation. It discusses salient backgrounds to this field as well as all major approaches and trends in the contemporary research. It surveys relevant theoretical factors both from various continental law traditions and common law countries.