Encyclopaedia of Metaphysics

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ISBN : 817755932x

 

Volumes : Set in 3 Volumes

 

Author : P. Schaff

 

Pages : 1200 pp

 

Year of Publishing : 2005

 

Binding : Hardbound

 

Publisher : Cosmo Publications

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It is not easy to say what metaphysics is. Ancient and Medieval philosophers might have said that metaphysics was, like chemistry or astrology, to be defined by its subject-matter: metaphysics was the “science” that studied “being as such” or “the first causes of things” or “things that do not change”. It is no longer possible to define metaphysics that way, for two reasons. First, a philosopher who denied the existence of those things that had once been seen as constituting the subject-matter of metaphysics—first causes or unchanging things would now be considered to be making thereby a metaphysical assertion. Second, there are many philosophical problems that are now considered to be metaphysical problems (or at least partly metaphysical problems) that are in no way related to first causes or unchanging things the problem of free will, for example, or the problem of the mental and the physical.

This work brings together the concepts to be dealt with in the subject making it far easier for the student, teacher and the scholars to find the right context of the terms and concepts. The work is easy enough for use by the beginners and large enough for the expert.

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