Higher Education

Metaphysics: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 2nd Edition

  • Ronald C. Hoy California University of Pennsylvania
  • L. Nathan Oaklander University of Michigan, Flint
  • ISBN-10: 0534641342  |  ISBN-13: 9780534641344
  • 480 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1991
  • © 2005 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $153.00



One of the most acclaimed introductions to Metaphysics in recent history, Hoy and Oaklander's METAPHYSICS: CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY READINGS--now, by popular demand, in a second edition--continues to provide teachers and students with a balanced approach of both classic and contemporary voices. Using time as a unifying theme and constantly examining the interplay between scientific development and philosophical thinking, METAPHYSICS presents readings that have been especially chosen for their accessibility to undergraduates and provides them with exceptionally deep coverage of a crucial set of metaphysical topics.

Table of Contents

Part I: TIME.
1. Parmenides: Being Is Not Temporal.
2. Wesley C. Salmon: A Contemporary Exposition of Zeno's Paradoxes.
3. Aristotle: Time Is a Measure of Change.
4. St. Augustine: What Is Time?
5. Isaac Newton: Time Is Absolute.
6. Henri Bergson: Time Is the Flux of Duration.
7. John M. E. McTaggart: Time Is Not Real.
8. Donald C. Williams: The Myth of Passage.
9. D. H. Mellor: McTaggart, Fixity and Coming True.
10. John Perry: Time, Consciousness and the Knowledge Argument.
Further Reading.
11. Plato: Phaedo.
12. Aristotle: On Substance.
13. Thomas Hobbes: Of Identity and Diversity.
14. John Locke: Of Identity and Diversity.
15. Thomas Reid: Of Identity and on Mr. Locke's Theory of Personal Identity.
16. David Hume: Of Identity and Personal Identity.
17. Roderick M. Chisholm: Problems of Identity.
18. David Armstrong: Identity Through Time.
19. John Perry: The Bodily Theory of Personal Identity, The Third Night from A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality.
20. Derek Parfit: Personal Identity.
21. Jennifer Whiting: Friends and Future Selves.
22. Thomas Nagel. The Self as Private Object.
Further Reading.
23. Aristotle: On the Soul.
24. René Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy.
25. Franz Brentano: The Distinction Between Mental and Physical Phenomena.
26. Daniel C. Dennett: Intentional Systems.
27. Ruth Garrett Millikan: Biosemantics.
28. David M. Armstrong: The Nature of Mind.
29. Hilary Putnam: Philosophy and Our Mental Life.
30. Thomas Nagel: What Is It Like to Be a Bat?
31. Frank Jackson: Epiphenomenal Qualia.
32. Paul Churchland: Reduction, Qualia, and the Direct Inspection of the Brain.
33. John Searle: Reductionism and the Irreducibility of Consciousness.
34. Patricia Smith Churchland: Dualism and the Arguments against Neuroscientific Progress.
Further Reading.
35. Aristotle: Fatalism, Voluntary Action, and Choice.
36. L. Nathan Oaklander: Freedom and the New Theory of Time.
37. Thomas Aquinas: Whether There Is Anything Voluntary In Human Acts?
38. St. Augustine: God's Foreknowledge and Human Freedom.
39. William L. Rowe: Predestination, Divine Foreknowledge, and Human Freedom.
40. David Hume: On Liberty and Necessity.
41. Thomas Reid: Of the Liberty of Moral Agents.
42. George E. Moore: Free Will.
43. Roderick M. Chisholm: Human Freedom and the Self.
44. Harry Frankfurt: Alternative Possibilities and Moral Responsibility.
45. Robert Kane: Responsibility, Luck, and Chance: Reflections on Free Will and Indeterminism.
46. Daniel C. Dennett: A Hearing for Libertarianism.
47. Robert Brandom: Freedom and Constraint by Norms.
Further Reading.
Part V: GOD.
48. Aquinas: Five Ways.
49. Rene Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy, Meditations III, IV and V.
50. William Rowe: The Cosmological Argument.
51. Bruce Russell and Stephen Wykstra: The "Inductive" Argument From Evil: A Dialogue.
52. Phillip Quinn: Creation, Conservation and the Big Bang.
53. Adolf Grünbaum: Theological Misinterpretations of Current Physical Cosmology.
Further Reading.
54. Berkeley: A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Understanding.
55. Hume: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.
56. Charles Sanders Peirce: The Fixation of Belief and How to Make our Ideas Clear.
57. Wilfrid Sellars: Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man.
58. Willard V. O. Quine: Ontological Relativity.
59. Richard Rorty: The World Well Lost.
60. William Alston: Yes, Virginia, There is a Real World.
Further Reading.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Ronald C. Hoy

Ronald C. Hoy received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and currently chairs and teaches in the philosophy department at California University of Pennsylvania.

L. Nathan Oaklander

L. Nathan Oaklander received his Ph. D. from the University of Iowa and currently serves as Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Michigan-Flint.