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|ISBN:||0773524630 9780773524637 0773524649 9780773524644|
|Description:||xiv, 348 pages ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||Introduction: Being as such --
1. What it is to be (on Heidegger) --
2. Combinatorial ontology --
3. Why there is something rather than nothing --
4. Why there is only one logically contingent actual world --
5. Concepts of existence in philosophical logic and the analysis of being qua being --
6. Ontological commitment (on Quine) --
7. Appearance, reality, substance, transcendence --
8. Physical entities: space, time, matter and causation, physical states of affairs and events, natural laws --
9. Abstract entities, particular and universal: numbers, sets, properties, qualities, relations, propositions and possibilities, logical, mathematical and metaphysical laws --
10. Subjectivity of mind in the world of objective physical facts --
11. God, a divine supernatural mind? --
12. Ontology of culture: language, art and artefacts --
Conclusion: scientific-philosophical ontology.
|Series Title:||Central problems of philosophy (Montréal, Québec)|
In the first part of the book, Dale Jacquette explores questions of pure philosophical ontology: what is meant by the concept of being, why does something exist rather than nothing, and why there is only one logically contingent actual world. The author argues that logic provides the only possible answers to these fundamental problems of pure ontology. In the second part of the book Jacquette examines issues of applied scientific ontology and provides a critical survey of some of the most influential traditional ontologies, such as the distinction between appearance and reality and the categories of substance and transcendence. The ontology of physical entities - space, time, matter, and causation - are examined as well as the ontology of abstract entities - sets, numbers, properties, relations, and propositions. The special problems posed by the subjectivity of mind and of God are also explored. The book concludes with a chapter on the ontology of culture, language, and art.