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The Possibility of Metaphysics: Substance, Identity, and Time

E. J. Lowe


Begins with a defence of realist metaphysics against its many enemies. Metaphysics, it is argued, is an autonomous and indispensable intellectual discipline whose distinctive task is to chart the domain of real possibilities—a task which requires us to identify both the basic ontological categories into which all possible beings are divisible and the characteristic relations of ontological dependency in which beings of various ontological categories necessarily stand to one another. Central parts of this task are carried out in the rest of the book, which focuses especially on the key notions ... More

Keywords: abstract objects, change, identity, E. J. Lowe, metaphysics, ontological categories, ontological dependency, persistence, possibility, realism, religion, substance, time

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199244997
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199244995.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

E. J. Lowe, author
University of Durham
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