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E.J. Lowe and Ontology

ISBN 9781032048376
Published March 18, 2022 by Routledge
326 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Miroslaw 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.