The Elements of Metaphysics
Carter (William)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

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  1. This introduction to metaphysics provides a concise explanation and discussion of the branch of philosophy that concerns the nature of the world we inhabit. The approach is partly historical but focuses largely on recent arguments and lines of thought. William Carter addresses many issues, among them: the nature of mind, matter, ideas, and substance; the debate between those who believe human beings have free will and those who subscribe to determinism; fatalism, realism, and personal identity; and arguments for and against belief in the existence of God. He also explores the implications of such intellectual exercises for defining the boundaries of human knowledge and human responsibility. Woven into the author’s discussion are the ideas of historical and contemporary figures who have made significant philosophical contributions in these areas.
  2. Carter tries to eliminate the intimidation that the term "metaphysics" can generate among students and general readers. Demonstrating how metaphysics overlaps extensively with nearly every branch of philosophical inquiry, he provides contemporary and often amusing examples to introduce the important topics of metaphysics and make current technical debates comprehensible for novices.

Contents
    Preface
  1. Metaphysics
  2. Idealism
  3. Material Minds
  4. Substance
  5. Parts and Wholes
  6. Change
  7. Personal Identity
  8. Responsibility
  9. Causal Determinism
  10. Fate
  11. God
  12. Being Realistic
    Suggestions for Further Reading

BOOK COMMENT:

McGraw-Hill, New York, 1990



"Carter (William) - Metaphysics"

Source: Carter - The Elements of Metaphysics, 1990, Chapter 1



"Carter (William) - Idealism"

Source: Carter - The Elements of Metaphysics, 1990, Chapter 2



"Carter (William) - Material Minds"

Source: Carter - The Elements of Metaphysics, 1990, Chapter 3



"Carter (William) - Substance"

Source: Carter - The Elements of Metaphysics, 1990, Chapter 4


Sections
  1. Moore’s Commonsense Approach to Metaphysics
  2. Aristotle’s Primary Substance
  3. Qualities
  4. Universals1
  5. The Predication Argument
  6. Russell’s Bundle Theory
  7. An Argument Opposing the Bundle Theory
  8. An Alternative to the Bundle Theory



"Carter (William) - Parts and Wholes"

Source: Carter - The Elements of Metaphysics, 1990, Chapter 5


Sections
  1. Are Commonplace Things Collections of Molecules?
  2. The Quest for Substance
  3. Monads
  4. A Compositional Regression
  5. Dependent Substances
  6. A Summational Analysis
  7. Laurel and Hardy
  8. Armstrong’s Great Question Revisited



"Carter (William) - Change"

Source: Carter - The Elements of Metaphysics, 1990, Chapter 6


Sections
  1. An Analysis of Material Substance
  2. Two Kinds of Change
  3. Dirty Laundry
  4. Idealism Revisited
  5. Can We Step into the Same River Twice?
  6. Further Questions



"Carter (William) - Personal Identity"

Source: Carter - The Elements of Metaphysics, 1990, Chapter 7


Sections
  1. Matter and Form
  2. Do We Exist When We Are Born?
  3. Secular Resurrection
  4. Psychological Connectedness
  5. The Brave Officer Argument
  6. Is Survival Without Identity Possible?
  7. The Duplication Objection
  8. Death



"Carter (William) - Responsibility"

Source: Carter - The Elements of Metaphysics, 1990, Chapter 8



"Carter (William) - Causal Determinism"

Source: Carter - The Elements of Metaphysics, 1990, Chapter 9



"Carter (William) - Fate"

Source: Carter - The Elements of Metaphysics, 1990, Chapter 10


Sections
  1. An Argument in Behalf of Fatalism
  2. The Best of All Possible Worlds
  3. The Free-Will Defense of Atheism
  4. Leibniz’s Analysis of Devine Foreknowledge
  5. A Problem for Leibniz
  6. The Appeal to Conceptual Truth
  7. A Brief Argument in Behalf of Incompatibilism



"Carter (William) - God"

Source: Carter - The Elements of Metaphysics, 1990, Chapter 11



"Carter (William) - Being Realistic"

Source: Carter - The Elements of Metaphysics, 1990, Chapter 12



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