Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction
Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction is for students who have already completed an introductory philosophy course and need a fresh look at the central topics in the core subject of metaphysics. It is essential reading for any student of the subject.
This Fourth Edition is revised and updated and includes two new chapters on (1) Parts and Wholes, and (2) Metaphysical Indeterminacy or vagueness. This new edition also keeps the user-friendly format, the chapter overviews summarizing the main topics, concrete examples to clarify difficult concepts, annotated further reading at the end of each chapter, endnotes, and a full bibliography.
Topics addressed include: the problem of universals, the nature of abstract entities, the problem of individuation, the nature of modality, identity through time, the nature of time, the nature of parts and wholes, the problem of metaphysical indeterminacy, the Realism/anti-Realism debate.
Wherever possible, Michael J. Loux and Thomas M. Crisp relate contemporary views to their classical sources in the history of philosophy. As experienced teachers of philosophy and important contributors to recent debates, Loux and Crisp are uniquely qualified to write this book.
Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy) 4th Edition
Michael J. Loux (Author), Thomas M. Crisp (Author)
Publisher: Routledge; 4 edition (January 27, 2017)
About the Author
Michael J. Loux is Shuster Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, USA. He is also editor of Metaphysics: Contemporary Readings, designed to accompany this textbook and also published by Routledge. His book Substance and Attribute (1978) is one of the major metaphysics books of recent years.
Thomas M. Crisp is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Biola University, USA. He has published widely on topics in metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of religion.