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Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy)

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Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction is aimed at students of metaphysics who have already completed an introductory philosophy course. This third edition of the successful textbook provides a fresh look at key topics in metaphysics and includes two new chapters on time and causation.
Wherever possible, Loux links contemporary views to their classical sources in the hist
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Paperback, 309 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by Routledge (first published November 13th 1997)
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Jacob Aitken
Mar 29, 2016 Jacob Aitken rated it it was amazing
Loux gives a thorough, intermediate "introduction" to the current problems in contemporary metaphysics. He briefly defends an Aristotelian metaphysics of sorts, though he is fair to different conclusions. The book is easier than Chisholm's *On Metaphysics,* though far more difficult than van Inwagen's text.

He gives the standard surveys of Realism and Nominalism, though he does focus on modern nominalist defenders with a discussion on trope nominalism. He has two different sections on "Particular
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Paul
Jan 14, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing
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This is an excellent, albeit not easy, introduction to metaphysics. Loux approaches this subject in Aristotelian fashion. That is, the sudy of being qua being. This is opposed to Kantian metaphysics which has the characterization of our conceptual scheme as its aim. In Loux's tradition others go beyond the more general study of being qua being and include the study of God's existence, free will, mind/body, etc., but Loux sticks to the basic, minimalized approach. He discusses such topics as the ...more
Dan Ust
May 18, 2016 Dan Ust rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually read this over the course of about two years, selecting chapters I was most interested in -- the one on modality and the one on persistence -- first. Overall, good intro. He does drill into rival views, though I'm more surprised by what he doesn't discuss. Perhaps things like exdurance (not discussed) can be chalked up to being more advanced topics. Also, he raises the idea of supervenience in one chapter, but not in others. I'd expect it to come up especially in a discussion of proposi ...more
Richard Newton
Apr 30, 2013 Richard Newton rated it really liked it
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I found this to be a good metaphysics introduction at the undergraduate level, but only for a limited number of topics. One or two of the topics I have read reasonably extensively on, but still found something new in Loux's book, or found his explanations particularly clear. The chapters on universals and concrete particulars are particularly good. I also liked his final chapter on realism versus anti realism.

On the downside I found the writing style occasionally a little irritating, mainly beca
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Rachael
Jul 21, 2011 Rachael rated it it was amazing
I loved this introduction to metaphysics and ended up taking detailed notes. Loux has a gift for taking complex ideas and rendering them approachable to the philosophical novice and I found that by the end of the book I was wishing for more. He covers a variety of metaphysics topics including nominalism vs realism, substratum and bundle theory, Platonic and Aristotelian approaches to what counts as a thing and its relations to properties. Not shying away from the more technical he discusses the ...more
Adam Omelianchuk
May 07, 2014 Adam Omelianchuk rated it really liked it
My favorite introduction to metaphysics. Broadly realist and writing from an Aristotelian perspective, Loux introduces the reader to themes broadly discussed in general ontology. Metaphysics, he says, is the study of being qua being. What exists and characterizes them? Loux has nice discussions of universals, particulars, propositions, possible worlds, causation, time, and the challenge of anti-realism. While the discussions of each topic can get long and convoluted, Loux clearly writes about ea ...more
Michael Dorais
I ready through this quickly just to get a familiarity with the subject matter. After getting one overview of the subject matter by readying the Metaphysics book by Peter Van Invagen, I dove into this book, which I liked better because it treats the subject more rigorously. On my first ready I'd say I had a about 50-70% overall comprehension even though I had 99% comprehension of the individual sentences. I'm going to have to return and re-read this more careful with pencil and notebook in hand.
Arturo Javier
Jun 10, 2012 Arturo Javier rated it it was amazing
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¡Justo lo que andaba buscando! Un gran introducción al fascinante mundo de la metafísica al puritito estilo analítico. Me habría encantado leerlo más temprano en la carrera, pero de todos modos me sirvió para rellenar algunas lagunas en mi formación.
Aziz Alawadhi
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Spawk Hw
Jul 17, 2010 Spawk Hw rated it it was amazing
NOT for anyone brand new to philosophy. But for someone who has already acquired a basic knowledge of the field, this is a near perfect book. (my only complaint is that the chapter on propositions was a little overly drawn out.
Danny
Jan 09, 2012 Danny rated it really liked it
Very good but supplement with van Inwagen to get a well-rounded introduction to all of the issues in metaphysics
Marcus
Jun 05, 2011 Marcus rated it liked it
A solid introduction to Metaphysics. Good outline for rote purposes.
Alexandre Guay
Aug 06, 2011 Alexandre Guay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bon recueil de textes. Idéal pour un cours d'introduction.
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