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Metaphysics : a very short introduction

Author: Stephen Mumford
Publisher: Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Series: Very short introductions, 326.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Metaphysics is one of the traditional four main branches of philosophy, alongside ethics, logic and epistemology. It is also an area that continues to attract and hold a fascination for many people yet it is associated with being complex and abstract. For some it is associated with the mystical or religious. For others it is known through the metaphysical poets who talk of love and spirituality.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Mumford
ISBN: 9780199657124 0199657122
OCLC Number: 780482768
Description: 113 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Contents: What is a table? --
What is a circle? --
Are wholes just sums of parts? --
What is a change? --
What is cause? --
How does time pass? --
What is a person? --
What is possible? --
Is nothing something? --
What is metaphysics?
Series Title: Very short introductions, 326.
Responsibility: Stephen Mumford.
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In this easy-to-understand introduction, Stephen Mumford explores one of the four main branches of philosophy: metaphysics. Using practical examples to explore the main issues, he presents the ideas  Read more...

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It manages to be jargon-free without sacrificing rigour and complexity. Times Higher Education Supplement

 
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