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Best Books On Metaphysics

Recommendations from 4 articles, Patrick OShaughnessy.
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Metaphysics
Aristotle - 1786-01-01 (first published in 330)
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Metaphysics is one of the principal works of Aristotle and the first major work of the branch of philosophy with the same name. The principal subject is "being qua being", or being understood as being. It examines what can be asserted about anything that exists just because of its existence and not because of any special qualities it has. Also cove...
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Metaphysics
A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Stephen Mumford - 2012-08-30
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Metaphysics is one of the traditional four main branches of philosophy, alongside ethics, logic and epistemology. It is also an area that continues to attract and hold a fascination for many people yet it is associated with being complex and abstract. For some it is associated with the mystical or religious. For others it is known through the metap...
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An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding
David Hume - 2007-06-14 (first published in 1748)
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David Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding is the definitive statement of the greatest philosopher in the English language. His arguments in support of reasoning from experience, and against the "sophistry and illusion"of religiously inspired philosophical fantasies, caused controversy in the eighteenth century and are strikingly relevant ...
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Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics
and the Letter to Marcus Herz, February 1772 (Hackett Classics)
Immanuel Kant - 2001-11-30 (first published in 1783)
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Kant's Prolegomena, although a small book, is indubitably the most important of his writings. It furnishes us with a key to his main work, The Critique of Pure Reason; in fact, it is an extract containing all the salient ideas of Kant's system. It approaches the subject in the simplest and most direct way, and is therefore best adapted as an introd...
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Critique of Pure Reason
Immanuel Kant - 2008-01-29 (first published in 1781)
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'The purpose of this critique of pure speculative reason consists in the attempt to change the old procedure of metaphysics and to bring about a complete revolution' Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (1781) is the central text of modern philosophy. It presents a profound and challenging investigation into the nature of human reason, its knowledge and ...
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A Survey of Metaphysics
E. J. Lowe - 2002-03-07
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A systematic overview of modern metaphysics, A Survey of Metaphysics covers all of the most important topics in the field. It adopts the fairly traditional conception of metaphysics as a subject that deals with the deepest questions that can be raised concerning the fundamental structure ofreality as a whole. The book is divided into six main secti...
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Metaphysics
The Big Questions
2008-02-11 (first published in 1991)
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This extensively revised and expanded edition of van Inwagen and Zimmerman's popular collection of readings in metaphysics now features twenty-two additional selections, new sections on existence and reality, and an updated editorial commentary. Collects classic and contemporary readings in metaphysics Answers some of the most puzzling questions ab...