1st Edition

E.J. Lowe and Ontology

Edited By Miroslaw Szatkowski Copyright 2022
    326 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume collects fifteen original essays on E. J. Lowe’s work on metaphysics and ontology. The essays connect Lowe’s insights with contemporary issues in metaphysics.

    E. J. Lowe (1950–2014) was one of the most influential analytical philosophers of the twentieth and early twenty-first century. Drawing inspiration from Aristotle's thought, E. J. Lowe treated metaphysics as an autonomous discipline concerned with the fundamental structure of reality. The chapters in this volume reflect on his path-breaking work. They deal with a wide range of metaphysical issues including four-category ontology, the causal and non-causal aspects of agency, categorial fundamentality and non-fundamentality, the existence of relations, property dualism, powers and abilities, personal identity, predication, and topological ontology. Taken together, the chapters reflect the liveliness of contemporary debates in metaphysics and the enduring impact of Lowe’s thought on them.

    E. J. Lowe and Ontology will be of interest to researchers and advanced students working in metaphysics and philosophy of mind.

    1. Introduction Mirosław Szatkowski

    Part I: Metaphysics in the Manner of E.J. Lowe

    2. Lowe’s Progress

    John Heil

    3. The Possibility of Metaphysics

    Christian Kanzian

    4. The Plausibility of Lowe’s Metaphilosophy

    Chris Daly

    Part II: The Four-Category Ontology

    5. Jonathan Lowe’s Theory of Predication

    Peter van Inwagen

    6. Lowe’s Eliminativism about Relations and the Analysis of Relational Inherence

    Markku Keinänen

    7. The Fundamentality and Non-Fundamentality of Ontological Categories

    Jani Hakkarainen

    8. The Four-Category Ontology modulo Topological Ontology

    Janusz Kaczmarek

    9. Kinds and Explanations: From the Four-Category Ontology to Formal Causation

    Petter Sandstad & Ludger Jansen

    Part III: Persons, Minds, and Agency

    10. Persons and Physical Objects

    Peter Simons

    11. Persons, Minds, Souls and Selves: The Difference between the Mental and the Psychological

    Kevin Mulligan

    12. Lowe’s Non-Cartesian Dualism

    Eric T. Olson

    13. Lowe’s Dualist Construal of Mental Causation

    Max Kistler

    14. Causal and Non-Causal Aspects of Agency in Lowe’s Ontology of Action

    Michał Głowala

    Part IV: Powers and Persistence

    15. Powers Are Not Enough

    Uwe Meixner

    16. A Causal Theory of Constitution and Persistence

    Rognvaldur D. Ingthorsson


    Mirosław Szatkowski was until January 31, 2018, a professor of philosophy at the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland; and is since January, 2011, a Privatdocent in Philosophy at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. He is also the Vice President of the International Society for Formal Ontology. His main fields of research are: logic, the foundations of mathematics, and formal ontology. He has published papers in the following journals: Studia Logica, Zeitschrift für mathematische Logik und Grundlagen der Mathematik (Mathematical Logic Quarterly), Archiv für Mathematische Logik und Grundlagenforschung (Archive for Mathematical Logic), Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, Journal of Applied Non-Classical Logics, Journal of Logic, Language and Information, and Metaphysica; and in several collective volumes. He has edited eight volumes.