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Basic Structures of Reality: Essays in Meta-Physics

Colin McGinn


This book deals with questions of metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of mind from the vantage point of physics. Combining general philosophy with physics, it covers such topics as the definition of matter, the nature of space, motion, gravity, electromagnetic fields, the character of physical knowledge, and consciousness and meaning. Throughout, the book maintains an historical perspective and seeks to determine how much we really know of the world described by physics. It defends a version of “structuralism”: the thesis that our knowledge is partial and merely abstract, leaving a large ... More

Keywords: metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, physics, matter, space, motion, gravity, electromagnetic fields, physical knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199841103
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841103.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin McGinn, author
University of Miami