<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Metaphysics (Hamlyn (D.W.)) - Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</title> <link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../../TT_ICO.png" /> </head> <a name="Top"></a> <BODY> <div id="header"> <HR><H1>Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</H1></div> <hr><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><tr><td colspan =3><A HREF = "../BookSummary_6310.htm">Metaphysics</A></td></tr><tr><td colspan =3><A HREF = "../../../Authors/H/Author_Hamlyn (D.W.).htm">Hamlyn (D.W.)</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan =3>This Page provides (where held) the <b>Abstract</b> of the above <b>Book</b> and those of all the <b>Papers</b> contained in it.</td></tr><tr><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td><td><A HREF = "../BookCitings_6310.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Book</A></td><td><A HREF = "../BooksToNotes_6310.htm">Notes Citing this Book</A></td></tr></tr></TABLE></CENTER><hr> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>BOOK ABSTRACT: </B><BR><BR><U>Inside Cover Blurb</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>This book provides an introduction to metaphysics. At the outset Professor Hamlyn distinguishes two conceptions of metaphysics running through the history of the subject. <ul type="disc"><li>One, which goes back to Aristotle, is concerned with ontology, and with what has to exist for beings such as we are; </li><li>The other separates appearance and reality and attempts to establish what really exists. </li></ul>Professor Hamlyn's account of metaphysics conforms with the first tradition. </li><li>This is not, however, primarily a historical exposition. The discussion concentrates on central metaphysical concepts and problems, including the principles of ontology, substance, particulars and <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1008.htm">universals</A><SUP>1</SUP>, monism and pluralism, space and time, minds, selves and personal identity. </li><li>Throughout, Professor Hamlyn's thoroughly informed and argued consideration of the topics presents both a persuasive view of the subject and an excellent grounding in it.</li><li><b>David Hamlyn</b> <ul type="disc"><li>ha(d) since 1964 been Professor of Philosophy and Head of Department at Birkbeck College in the University of London, where he (wa)s also Head of the Department of Classics and Vice-Master. </li><li>Until the end of 1984 he (wa)s Editor of <em>Mind</em>, a position he ha(d) held since 1972. </li><li>His previous books include <BR>& <em>The Theory of Knowledge</em> (1970), <BR>& <em>Experience and the Growth of Understanding</em> (1978), <BR>& <em>Schopenhauer</em> (1980), and <BR>& <em>Perception, Learning and the Self</em> (1982), </li><li>and he has published widely in philosophical, psychological and classical journals. </li></ul> </li></ol></FONT><BR><U><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_B6310_2">Preface</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_B6310_2"></A></U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>I am indebted to Jonathan Sinclair-Wilson of Cambridge University Press for suggesting that I write this book and for encouraging it on its way. I hope that it may prove something of a companion piece to my <em>The Theory of Knowledge</em> (Macmillan, 1971). At all events, the thanks that I expressed in that book to Birkbeck College students are due again here. I have lectured on metaphysics at the College for more years than I care to remember, and successive generations of students have criticized, probed and commented on the views that I have expressed, in the way that Birkbeck students are ever willing to do. My debt to them is vast and I shall always be grateful. </li><li>Parts of a draft of the book were also read at a seminar which I, together with Mrs Dorothy Edgington, gave at the College. I am grateful for many comments made by her and others at the seminar. I owe a very special debt to Mr Ian McFetridge who kindly read the first draft of the book and who made comments and criticisms which have been invaluable. He has saved me from many mistakes. Apart from the criticisms which he made, I am very grateful to him for the encouragement that his remarks afforded. </li></ol></FONT><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U> (<a name="2"></a>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6310.htm">Hamlyn (D.W.) - Metaphysics</A>")</B><a name="On-Page_Link_B6310_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_B6310_2"><B>Footnote 2</B></A></U>: I ve included this only because of the Birkbeck connection. <BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><B>BOOK COMMENT: </B><BR><BR>Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (6 Sept. 1984)</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20445.htm">Hamlyn (D.W.) - Metaphysics - Introduction</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Hamlyn (D.W.) - Metaphysics, Chapter 1<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>What is metaphysics?  1 </li><li>Two concepts of metaphysics  4 </li><li>Appendix - the possibility of metaphysics  9 </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20557.htm">Hamlyn (D.W.) - Appearance and Reality</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Hamlyn (D.W.) - Metaphysics, Chapter 2<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Appearance, reality and idealism  11 </li><li>Arguments for idealism  17 </li><li>Transcendental idealism  21 </li><li>Absolute idealism  24 </li><li>Realism  28 </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20558.htm">Hamlyn (D.W.) - Ontology</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Hamlyn (D.W.) - Metaphysics, Chapter 3<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>What there is  34 </li><li>Being-qua-being  37 </li><li>Ontological relativity  43 </li><li>The relativity of philosophical ontologies  45 </li><li>Formal concepts  54 </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20559.htm">Hamlyn (D.W.) - Substance</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Hamlyn (D.W.) - Metaphysics, Chapter 4<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The traditional conception of substance  60 </li><li>Must there be substances?  64 </li><li>The <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_77.htm">individuation</A><SUP>1</SUP> of substances  69 </li><li>Essentiahsm  75 </li><li>Primary and secondary qualities  82 </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20560.htm">Hamlyn (D.W.) - Particular and General</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Hamlyn (D.W.) - Metaphysics, Chapter 5<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The distinction  85 </li><li>'Everything that exists is particular'  92</li><li>Theories of <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1008.htm">universals</A><SUP>1</SUP>  95</li><li>The primacy of the particular  102 </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20561.htm">Hamlyn (D.W.) - Simple Substances: Monism and Pluralism</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Hamlyn (D.W.) - Metaphysics, Chapter 6<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Must substance be simple?  105</li><li>Monism and pluralism  109</li><li>Absolute idealism and logical atomism  113 </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20562.htm">Hamlyn (D.W.) - Space and Time</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Hamlyn (D.W.) - Metaphysics, Chapter 7<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>What are space and time?  127</li><li>Must space and time be infinite?  134</li><li>Are space and time essentially one?  139</li><li>Temporality and temporal becoming  144</li><li>McTaggart on the unreality of time  150</li><li>Time and human existence  158 </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20563.htm">Hamlyn (D.W.) - Minds</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Hamlyn (D.W.) - Metaphysics, Chapter 8<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The concept of the mental  161</li><li>Body-mind theories  164</li><li>Cartesian dualism  166</li><li>The criteria of the mental  170</li><li>Can dualism be defended?  175</li><li>Psychophysical monism  177 </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20564.htm">Hamlyn (D.W.) - Persons and Personal Identity</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Hamlyn (D.W.) - Metaphysics, Chapter 9<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Persons and selves  187</li><li>The Strawsonian concept of a person  193</li><li>What are persons?  201</li><li>The criteria of identity for persons  202</li><li>Survival  213</li><li>'I'  216 </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20565.htm">Hamlyn (D.W.) - Metaphysics - Epilogue: Man and Nature</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Hamlyn (D.W.) - Metaphysics, Chapter 10<BR></P> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><hr><br><B><U>Text Colour Conventions</U> (see <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</B><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> </center> <BR><HR><BR><center> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T05:14" pubdate>02/08/2018 05:14:06</time> <br><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A> </TD></TR><TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>