© 2004

Approaches to Metaphysics

  • William Sweet

Part of the Studies in Philosophy and Religion book series (STPAR, volume 26)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: Taking Metaphysics Seriously

  3. Issues in Classical Metaphysics

  4. Modern Challenges to the Scope of Metaphysics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Kenneth L. Schmitz
      Pages 93-100
    3. Gautam Satapathy
      Pages 137-156
  5. On the Road to Metaphysics — Freedom, Agency, and Existence

  6. Metaphysical Theories in a Contemporary Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Fran O’Rourke
      Pages 229-248
    3. W. J. Mander
      Pages 249-264
    4. Fred Wilson
      Pages 265-300
  7. The Possibility of Metaphysics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301

About this book


Today, when systematic philosophy - and reason itself - are challenged both outside of and within philosophy, is it still possible to do metaphysics? This volume provides a broad perspective on contemporary approaches to the nature and the fundamental questions of metaphysics. Drawing on scholars from continental Europe, Asia, Canada, the United States, and Great Britain, and representing a variety of philosophical cultures and traditions, this volume surveys and extends work in metaphysics and its implications for broader philosophical concerns (e.g., in ethics and social philosophy, in mathematics and logic, and in epistemology). It also addresses such questions as the role of history and historicity in undertaking metaphysics, the nature of metaphysics, the priority of metaphysics over epistemology, and the challenges of empiricism and postmodernism.


Friedrich Nietzsche Plato epistemology ethics freedom logic metaphysics philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • William Sweet
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Francis Xavier UniversityCanada

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