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Best Books On Metaphysics

Recommendations from 4 articles, Mark Manson, Patrick OShaughnessy.
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Aristotle - 1999-03-01 NaN
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This philosophical classic by Aristotle delves into the nature of existence, exploring what can be said about anything that exists simply because it exists. The author covers various topics, including causation, form, matter, mathematical objects, and the concept of a prime-mover God.
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Patrick OShaughnessy
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Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics
and the Letter to Marcus Herz, February 1772 (Hackett Classics)
Immanuel Kant - 2002-02-01 (first published in 1783)
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An essential introduction to Immanuel Kant's philosophy, Kant's Prolegomena is a small but powerful book that provides a key to his main work, The Critique of Pure Reason. With its simple and direct approach, this extract contains all of the important ideas of Kant's system and is an indispensable guide for anyone interested in his philosophy.
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An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding
David Hume - 2006-01-01 (first published in 1748)
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Explore the origin and processes of human thought, and the limitations of reason with the definitive statement of the greatest philosopher in the English language. David Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding argues for reasoning from experience, and against religiously inspired philosophical fantasies. The Enquiry remains one of the best introductions to philosophy, and provides a new basis for science. Controversial in the eighteenth century and strikingly relevant today, Hume's calm and open-minded skepticism liberates us from false metaphysics and religion. Oxford World's Classics edition includes expert introductions, notes, and bibliographies for further study.
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A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Stephen Mumford - 2012-08-30
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Discover the basics of metaphysics with this Very Short Introduction to one of philosophy's four main branches. Stephen Mumford breaks down complex and abstract concepts into simple questions about substance, properties, causes, time, and more. Learn about the theory that fascinates so many people and understand why it continues to hold a special place in philosophy. This book is part of the Oxford University Press Very Short Introductions series, which offers concise and informative overviews of a wide range of subjects.
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Critique of Pure Reason
Immanuel Kant - 1999-02-28 (first published in 1781)
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This philosophical masterpiece delves into the nature of human reason, its knowledge, and its illusions. Kant challenges the old ways of metaphysics and presents a revolutionary approach to understanding the world around us. His transcendental idealism merges the schools of rationalism and empiricism, offering a new way of thinking beyond both. A profound and thought-provoking read for anyone interested in modern philosophy.
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Mark Manson
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A Survey of Metaphysics
E. J. Lowe - 2002-03-07
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Explore the deepest questions about the fundamental structure of reality with this systematic overview of modern metaphysics. Divided into six main sections covering themes such as identity, causation, space, and time, A Survey of Metaphysics is a comprehensive guide that focuses on contemporary views and issues.
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The Big Questions
1998-11-17 (first published in 1991)
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Explore the world's most puzzling questions about existence and reality with this collection of classic and contemporary readings in metaphysics. This revised and expanded edition now includes 22 new selections, updated editorial commentary, and an unparalleled range of topics. From the nature of consciousness to the meaning of life, this book offers illuminating insights into our place in the world.