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Metaphysics: Constructing a World View (Contours of Christian Philosophy)

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What is ultimately real? What is God like? Do human beings have minds and souls or only brains in bodies? Are humans free agents or are all human acts determined by prior circumstances? Through insightful analysis and careful evaluation, William Hasker helps readers answer these questions and thereby construct a world view to make sense of the universe and the people in it ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published August 16th 1983 by InterVarsity Press
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The Contours of Christian Philosophy series is hit ot miss. Wood's contribution on epistemology was a good entry. Hasker's, on the other hand, while not being horrible, can simply be skipped. The reasons for this are that, first, the book was written in 1983. While not wanting to condemn something just because it is old, thus engaging in chronological snobbery, it is just a fact that the field Hasker is writing in has progressed quite a bit since 1983. Still, this wouldn't be so bad if it were n ...more
Jacob Aitken
This review will only cover certain sections of Hasker's work.

He defines freedom as “Freedom of choice” or “freedom of the will” (30).

He defines determinism as “For every event which happens, there are previous events and circumstances which are its sufficient conditions or causes, so that, given those conditions it is impossible that the event not occur” (32).

Libertarianism: “some human actions are chosen and performed by the agent without their being any sufficient condition or cause of the
Chris Kalbach
Good introduction to metaphysics, but very very light.
Jeffrey Backlin
Good intro into Metaphysics.
Only upon pain of death will I ever discuss Metaphysics again!!!!!!!!!!!!
Probably a good author though, I passed this section.
Chris Bloom
For an assigned text, this was alright. Hasker acknowledges that a 130-page book on metaphysics can't help but be superficial, but as a basic introduction it does the job.

A good little textbook occasionally marred (as all philosophy textbooks are) by the author's prejudices.
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