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Ontology, Identity, and Modality

Ontology, Identity, and Modality
Essays in Metaphysics

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

  • Date Published: April 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521795487

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  • This book gathers together thirteen of Peter van Inwagen's essays on metaphysics, several of which have acquired the status of modern classics in their field. They range widely across such topics as Quine's philosophy of quantification, the ontology of fiction, the part-whole relation, the theory of "temporal parts," and human knowledge of modal truths. A specially-written introduction completes the collection, which will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in metaphysics.

    • Author is one of the most distinguished metaphysicians
    • Several of the essays are classics in their field
    • Clear and accessible written style will make the volume attractive to a graduate market
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521795487
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 213 x 137 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Ontology:
    1. Meta-ontology
    2. Why I don't understand substitutional quantification
    3. Creatures of fiction
    4. Why is there anything at all? Part II. Identity:
    5. The doctrine of arbitrary undetached parts
    6. Composition as identity
    7. Four-dimensional objects
    8. Temporal parts and identity across time
    9. Materialism and the psychological-continuity account of personal identity
    Part III. Modality:
    10. Indexicality and actuality
    11. Plantinga on trans-world identity
    12. Two concepts of possible worlds
    13. Modal epistemology

  • Author

    Peter van Inwagen, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

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