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By Peter van Inwagen

the matter of the character of being was once principal to old and medieval philosophy, and is still correct this day. during this number of 13 fresh essays, Peter van Inwagen applies the concepts of analytical philosophy to a large choice of difficulties in ontology and meta-ontology. themes mentioned comprise the character of being, the that means of the existential quantifier, ontological dedication, contemporary assaults on metaphysics and ontology, the idea that of ontological constitution, fictional entities, mereological sums, and the ontology of psychological states. Van Inwagen adopts a in most cases 'Quinean' place in meta-ontology, but reaches ontological conclusions very varied from Quine's. the amount comprises formerly unpublished essays, considered one of that's an introductory essay the place van Inwagen explains his perception of the relation among the language of 'the usual enterprise of lifestyles' and that of 'the ontology room'. the amount may be a big assortment for college kids and students of metaphysics.

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