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A Contemporary Introduction, 3rd Edition

By Michael Loux

© 2006 – Routledge

328 pages

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About the Book

Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction is aimed at students of metaphysics who have already completed an introductory philosophy course. This third edition of the successful textbook provides a fresh look at key topics in metaphysics and includes two new chapters on time and causation.

Wherever possible, Loux links contemporary views to their classical sources in the history of philosophy. This new edition also keeps the user-friendly format, the chapter overviews summarizing the main topics and examples to clarify difficult concepts.


'Very good…It goes into a lot of detail while always keeping the reader’s eyes on the main issues. The chapters are well-structured and well-written.' - Tim Crane, Times Higher Education Supplement

'Excellent…It is well written and meets the need for something harder than first year texts. Students and teachers will like it.' - Frank Jackson, Australian National University

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Problem of Universals. Metaphysical Realism 2. The Problem of Universals. Nominalism 3. Concrete Particulars. Substrata, Bundles and Substances 4. Propositions and their Neighbours 5. The Necessary and the Possible 6. Causation 7. The Nature of Time 8. Concrete Particulars 2: Persistence through Time 9. The Challenge of Anti-Realism Bibliography Index

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

An innovative, well structured series, the Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy are designed for students who already have completed an introductory-level course in philosophy.  Each book introduces a core general subject in contemporary philosophy and offers students an accessible but substantial transition from introductory to higher-level college work in that subject.  The series is accessible to non-specialists and each book clearly motivates and expounds the problems and positions introduced.  An orientating chapter briefly introduces its topic and reminds readers of any crucial material they need to have retained from a typical introductory course.  Considerable attention is given to explaining central philosophical problems of a subject and the main competing solutions and arguments for those solutions.  The primary aim is to educate students in the main problems, positions and arguments of contemporary philosophy rather than to convince students of a single position.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Metaphysics
PHILOSOPHY / Reference