A Survey of Metaphysics by E. J. Lowe

By E. J. Lowe

A scientific review of recent metaphysics, A Survey of Metaphysics covers all the most vital themes within the box. It adopts the particularly conventional belief of metaphysics as an issue that offers with the inner most questions that may be raised about the basic constitution of fact as a complete. The ebook is split into six major sections that deal with the subsequent subject matters: id and alter, necessity and essence, causation, corporation and occasions, area and time, and universals and details. It specializes in modern perspectives and matters all through, instead of at the heritage of metaphysics.

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I think that the last formulation expresses best the intuition that Meinong wanted to defend, though this is irrelevant for my present purposes. , for example, Parsons (1980: 19), Rapaport (1978: 175), Zalta (1983: 12). 20 The Committal Theories (I) 11 generates Meinongian objects trivially ensures that they possess the properties they are characterized as having. 21 Endorsing the Principle of the Freedom of Assumption thus excludes the view that thought has powers which, in the absence of any convincing explanation, would make it something magical.

Its protagonist is assigned the “second-order” property63 of having no property. Yet, if we step outside the story, it is simply be false that such a fictional entity has no property, for it has precisely (at least) the property of having no property. As a result, it would be not only the case that one property, having no property, is at the same time both nuclear and extranuclear. More problematically, that fictum would at the same time possess the property of having no property (for this is assigned to it in the story) and not possess it (for it is false that it has no property).

Yet, wherever possible, I intend to address them directly to that particular subset of the set of Meinongian objects whose members are, according to Neo-Meinongians, fictional entities. As to the first question, let me first recall that Meinong appealed to the Principle of the Independence of the Sosein from Sein. 49 According to the first principle, it is possible for a Meinongian object to have the properties by which it is characterized—to have its Sosein—even though it does not actually exist.

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