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A Survey of Metaphysics

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A systematic overview of modern metaphysics, A Survey of Metaphysics covers all of the most important topics in the field. It adopts the fairly traditional conception of metaphysics as a subject that deals with the deepest questions that can be raised concerning the fundamental structure of reality as a whole. The book is divided into six main sections that address the fol ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 7th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Feb 22, 2011 Christine rated it did not like it
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I think I got more out of reading the relevant articles the Stanford Encyclopedia... Which is free. Would not recommend it.
Serena Salvati
Sep 30, 2015 Serena Salvati rated it it was ok
I suppose this is a good introductory book; I've been told it uses little jargon compared to other metaphysics texts. The title is misleading: it isn't a survey of metaphysics, it is mainly Lowe giving his opinions on a lot of metaphysical topics.

Poor opinions, and not necessarily well-argued opinions.

Lowe's "method" of arguing from common sense is not necessarily a bad one, but his common sense is not actually common. In many cases, he does not have a secondary argument for a claim besides his
Richard Newton
May 05, 2013 Richard Newton rated it really liked it
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I have read a couple of introductory textbooks on metaphysics, and this one stands up as good. It is relatively easy to read and of sufficient depth for an undergraduate metaphysics course (with some specific additional readings around topics of interest). I very occasionally found the writing style a little irritating - but that is probably just me. On the other hand, the introduction and the way it builds understanding are to be praised.

As it seems with any metaphysics book there is a choice o
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I read most of it for a class, but I'm finishing up the chapters we didn't cover.
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