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The Semantics and Metaphysics of Natural Kinds (Paperback): Helen Beebee, Nigel Sabbarton-Leary The Semantics and Metaphysics of Natural Kinds (Paperback)
Helen Beebee, Nigel Sabbarton-Leary
R1,222 Discovery Miles 12 220 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Essentialism--roughly, the view that natural kinds have discrete essences, generating truths that are necessary but knowable only a posteriori--is an increasingly popular view in the metaphysics of science. At the same time, philosophers of language have been subjecting Kripke's views about the existence and scope of the necessary a posteriori to rigorous analysis and criticism. Essentialists typically appeal to Kripkean semantics to motivate their radical extension of the realm of the necessary a posteriori; but they rarely attempt to provide any semantic arguments for this extension, or engage with the critical work being done by philosophers of language. This collection brings authors on both sides together in one volume, thus helping the reader to see the connections between views in philosophy of language on the one hand and the metaphysics of science on the other. The result is a book that will have a significant impact on the debate about essentialism, encouraging essentialists to engage with debates about the semantic presuppositions that underpin their position, and, encouraging philosophers of language to engage with the metaphysical presuppositions enshrined in Kripkean semantics.

Philosophy - Why It Matters (Paperback): Helen Beebee, Michael Rush Philosophy - Why It Matters (Paperback)
Helen Beebee, Michael Rush
R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

We constantly disagree with each other on issues of fundamental importance. Does God exist? Should the latest scientific findings be trusted? Are there innate psychological differences between men and women? In four lively chapters, Beebee and Rush explain philosophy's role in addressing such questions. They consider what it means to be human, how we should engage in public debate, philosophy's relationship with science and religion, and the nature of our moral choices. Far from being only an abstract endeavour, philosophy engages with issues on a practical level, and philosophers draw inspiration from real-life situations. At its core, philosophy is about how to live and how to make sense of the world we inhabit. It is a set of tools and techniques for clearly and systematically considering our arguments and uncovering our hidden assumptions, which helps us to make more informed choices about what to believe and how to act. Philosophy is everywhere, and open to everyone.

Philosophy - Why It Matters (Hardcover): Helen Beebee, Michael Rush Philosophy - Why It Matters (Hardcover)
Helen Beebee, Michael Rush
R863 Discovery Miles 8 630 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

We constantly disagree with each other on issues of fundamental importance. Does God exist? Should the latest scientific findings be trusted? Are there innate psychological differences between men and women? In four lively chapters, Beebee and Rush explain philosophy's role in addressing such questions. They consider what it means to be human, how we should engage in public debate, philosophy's relationship with science and religion, and the nature of our moral choices. Far from being only an abstract endeavour, philosophy engages with issues on a practical level, and philosophers draw inspiration from real-life situations. At its core, philosophy is about how to live and how to make sense of the world we inhabit. It is a set of tools and techniques for clearly and systematically considering our arguments and uncovering our hidden assumptions, which helps us to make more informed choices about what to believe and how to act. Philosophy is everywhere, and open to everyone.

Reading Metaphysics - Selected Texts with Interactive Commentary (Paperback): Helen Beebee, Julian Dodd Reading Metaphysics - Selected Texts with Interactive Commentary (Paperback)
Helen Beebee, Julian Dodd
R694 Discovery Miles 6 940 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This collection brings together key contemporary texts in metaphysics and features an interactive commentary which helps readers engage the texts critically and to use them to develop their own views.
Each text is followed by a detailed commentary, setting it in context
Includes questions designed to help readers think hard about what the author is saying and why, to think of objections, and to formulate his or her own views
Aims to improve the reader's ability to engage critically with philosophical texts, and to use them as a springboard for philosophical thought and writing
Introduces readers to the perennial problems of metaphysics and the ways that different analytic philosophers have approached them

Reading Metaphysics - Selected Texts with Interactive Commentary (Hardcover, New): Helen Beebee, Julian Dodd Reading Metaphysics - Selected Texts with Interactive Commentary (Hardcover, New)
Helen Beebee, Julian Dodd
R1,967 Discovery Miles 19 670 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This collection brings together key contemporary texts in metaphysics and features an interactive commentary which helps readers engage the texts critically and to use them to develop their own views.
Each text is followed by a detailed commentary, setting it in context
Includes questions designed to help readers think hard about what the author is saying and why, to think of objections, and to formulate his or her own views
Aims to improve the reader's ability to engage critically with philosophical texts, and to use them as a springboard for philosophical thought and writing
Introduces readers to the perennial problems of metaphysics and the ways that different analytic philosophers have approached them

The Oxford Handbook of Causation (Paperback): Helen Beebee, Christopher Hitchcock, Peter Menzies The Oxford Handbook of Causation (Paperback)
Helen Beebee, Christopher Hitchcock, Peter Menzies
R1,127 Discovery Miles 11 270 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Causation is a central topic in many areas of philosophy. In metaphysics, philosophers want to know what causation is, and how it is related to laws of nature, probability, action, and freedom of the will. In epistemology, philosophers investigate how causal claims can be inferred from statistical data, and how causation is related to perception, knowledge and explanation. In the philosophy of mind, philosophers want to know whether and how the mind can be said to have causal efficacy, and in ethics, whether there is a moral distinction between acts and omissions and whether the moral value of an act can be judged according to its consequences. And causation is a contested concept in other fields of enquiry, such as biology, physics, and the law. This book provides an in-depth and comprehensive overview of these and other topics, as well as the history of the causation debate from the ancient Greeks to the logical empiricists. The chapters provide surveys of contemporary debates, while often also advancing novel and controversial claims; and each includes a comprehensive bibliography and suggestions for further reading. The book is thus the most comprehensive source of information about causation currently available, and will be invaluable for upper-level undergraduates through to professional philosophers.

Metaphysics: The Key Concepts (Paperback): Nikk Effingham, Helen Beebee, Philip Goff Metaphysics: The Key Concepts (Paperback)
Nikk Effingham, Helen Beebee, Philip Goff
R742 R610 Discovery Miles 6 100 Save R132 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Informative, accessible, and fun to read this is an excellent reference guide for undergraduates and anyone wanting an introduction to the fundamental issues of metaphysics. I know of no other resource like it. Meghan Griffith, Davidson College, USA

'Marvellous This book provides the very best place to start for students wanting to take the first step into understanding metaphysics.Undergraduates would do well to buy it and consult it regularly. The quality and clarity of the material are consistently high.' Chris Daly, University of Manchester, UK

Ever wondered about Gunk, Brains in a Vat or Frankfurt s Nefarious Neurosurgeon?

With complete explanations of these terms and more, Metaphysics: The Key Concepts is an accessible and engaging introduction to the most widely studied and challenging concepts in metaphysics. The authors clearly and lucidly define and discuss key terms and concepts, under the themes of:

  • time
  • particulars & universals
  • realism & antirealism
  • free will
  • personal identity
  • causation and laws.

Arranged in an easy to use A-Z format, each concept is explored and illustrated with engaging and memorable examples, and accompanied by an up-to-date guide to further reading. Fully cross-referenced throughout, this remarkable reference guide is essential reading for students of philosophy and all those interested in the nature of reality.

Truthmakers - The Contemporary Debate (Hardcover, New): Helen Beebee, Julian Dodd Truthmakers - The Contemporary Debate (Hardcover, New)
Helen Beebee, Julian Dodd
R3,072 Discovery Miles 30 720 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The concept of truthmaking is attracting much attention in contemporary metaphysics. Helen Beebee and Julian Dodd have assembled a distinguished team to contribute brand new essays on the topic: they ask, among other things, how the truthmaker principle should be formulated, whether it is well motivated, whether it genuinely has the explanatory roles claimed for it, and whether more modest principles might serve just as well. This volume will be the starting point for future discussion and research.

Metaphysics: The Key Concepts (Hardcover): Nikk Effingham, Helen Beebee, Philip Goff Metaphysics: The Key Concepts (Hardcover)
Nikk Effingham, Helen Beebee, Philip Goff
R2,347 Discovery Miles 23 470 Out of stock

?Informative, accessible, and fun to read? this is an excellent reference guide for undergraduates and anyone wanting an introduction to the fundamental issues of metaphysics. I know of no other resource like it. Meghan Griffith, Davidson College, USA

'Marvellous This book provides the very best place to start for students wanting to take the first step into understanding metaphysics.Undergraduates would do well to buy it and consult it regularly. The quality and clarity of the material are consistently high.' ? Chris Daly, University of Manchester, UK

Ever wondered about Gunk, Brains in a Vat or Frankfurt's Nefarious Neurosurgeon?

With complete explanations of these terms and more, Metaphysics: The Key Concepts is an accessible and engaging introduction to the most widely studied and challenging concepts in metaphysics. The authors clearly and lucidly define and discuss key terms and concepts, under the themes of:

  • time
  • particulars & universals
  • realism & antirealism
  • free will
  • personal identity
  • causation and laws.

Arranged in an easy to use A-Z format, each concept is explored and illustrated with engaging and memorable examples, and accompanied by an up-to-date guide to further reading. Fully cross-referenced throughout, this remarkable reference guide is essential reading for students of philosophy and all those interested in the nature of reality.

The Oxford Handbook of Causation (Hardcover): Helen Beebee, Christopher Hitchcock, Peter Menzies The Oxford Handbook of Causation (Hardcover)
Helen Beebee, Christopher Hitchcock, Peter Menzies
R3,895 Discovery Miles 38 950 Out of stock

Causation is a central topic in many areas of philosophy. In metaphysics, philosophers want to know what causation is, and how it is related to laws of nature, probability, action, and freedom of the will. In epistemology, philosophers investigate how causal claims can be inferred from statistical data, and how causation is related to perception, knowledge and explanation. In the philosophy of mind, philosophers want to know whether and how the mind can be said to have causal efficacy, and in ethics, whether there is a moral distinction between acts and omissions and whether the moral value of an act can be judged according to its consequences. And causation is a contested concept in other fields of enquiry, such as biology, physics, and the law.
This book provides an in-depth and comprehensive overview of these and other topics, as well as the history of the causation debate from the ancient Greeks to the logical empiricists. The chapters provide surveys of contemporary debates, while often also advancing novel and controversial claims; and each includes a comprehensive bibliography and suggestions for further reading. The book is thus the most comprehensive source of information about causation currently available, and will be invaluable for upper-level undergraduates through to professional philosophers.

The Semantics and Metaphysics of Natural Kinds (Hardcover): Helen Beebee, Nigel Sabbarton-Leary The Semantics and Metaphysics of Natural Kinds (Hardcover)
Helen Beebee, Nigel Sabbarton-Leary
R3,232 Discovery Miles 32 320 Out of stock

Essentialism--roughly, the view that natural kinds have discrete essences, generating truths that are necessary but knowable only a posteriori--is an increasingly popular view in the metaphysics of science. At the same time, philosophers of language have been subjecting Kripke's views about the existence and scope of the necessary a posteriori to rigorous analysis and criticism. Essentialists typically appeal to Kripkean semantics to motivate their radical extension of the realm of the necessary a posteriori; but they rarely attempt to provide any semantic arguments for this extension, or engage with the critical work being done by philosophers of language. This collection brings authors on both sides together in one volume, thus helping the reader to see the connections between views in philosophy of language on the one hand and the metaphysics of science on the other. The result is a book that will have a significant impact on the debate about essentialism, encouraging essentialists to engage with debates about the semantic presuppositions that underpin their position, and, encouraging philosophers of language to engage with the metaphysical presuppositions enshrined in Kripkean semantics.

Hume on Causation (Hardcover): Helen Beebee Hume on Causation (Hardcover)
Helen Beebee
R1,915 R1,679 Discovery Miles 16 790 Save R236 (12%) Out of stock

Hume is traditionally credited with inventing the `regularity theory' of causation, according to which the causal relation between two events consists merely in the fact that events of the first kind are always followed by events of the second kind. Hume is also traditionally credited with two other, hugely influential positions: the view that the world appears to us as a world of unconnected events, and inductive scepticism: the view that the `problem of induction', the problem of providing a justification for inference from observed to unobserved regularities, is insoluble. Hume on Causation is the first major work dedicated to Hume's views on causation in over fifteen years, and it argues that Hume does not subscribe to any of these three views. It places Hume's interest in causation within the context of his theory of the mind and his theory of causal reasoning, arguing that Hume's conception of causation derives from his conception of the nature of the inference from causes to effects.

Hume on Causation (Paperback): Helen Beebee Hume on Causation (Paperback)
Helen Beebee
R1,021 Discovery Miles 10 210 Out of stock

Hume is traditionally credited with inventing the `regularity theory' of causation, according to which the causal relation between two events consists merely in the fact that events of the first kind are always followed by events of the second kind. Hume is also traditionally credited with two other, hugely influential positions: the view that the world appears to us as a world of unconnected events, and inductive scepticism: the view that the `problem of induction', the problem of providing a justification for inference from observed to unobserved regularities, is insoluble. Hume on Causation is the first major work dedicated to Hume's views on causation in over fifteen years, and it argues that Hume does not subscribe to any of these three views. It places Hume's interest in causation within the context of his theory of the mind and his theory of causal reasoning, arguing that Hume's conception of causation derives from his conception of the nature of the inference from causes to effects.

Making a Difference - Essays on the Philosophy of Causation (Hardcover): Helen Beebee, Christopher Hitchcock, Huw Price Making a Difference - Essays on the Philosophy of Causation (Hardcover)
Helen Beebee, Christopher Hitchcock, Huw Price
R1,931 Discovery Miles 19 310 Out of stock

Making a Difference presents fifteen original essays on causation and counterfactuals by an international team of experts. Collectively, they represent the state of the art on these topics. The essays in this volume are inspired by the life and work of Peter Menzies, who made a difference in the lives of students, colleagues, and friends. Topics covered include: the semantics of counterfactuals, agency theories of causation, the context-sensitivity of causal claims, structural equation models, mechanisms, mental causation, causal exclusion argument, free will, and the consequence argument.

Philosophical Letters of David K. Lewis - Volume 2: Mind, Language, Epistemology (Hardcover): David K Lewis Philosophical Letters of David K. Lewis - Volume 2: Mind, Language, Epistemology (Hardcover)
David K Lewis; Edited by Helen Beebee, A. R. J. Fisher
R2,369 Discovery Miles 23 690 Out of stock

David Kellogg Lewis (1941-2001) was one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century. He made significant contributions to almost every area of analytic philosophy including metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science, and set the agenda for various debates in these areas which carry on to this day. In several respects he remains a contemporary figure, yet enough time has now passed for historians of philosophy to begin to study his place in twentieth century thought. His philosophy was constructed and refined not just through his published writing, but also crucially through his life-long correspondence with fellow philosophers, including leading figures such as D.M. Armstrong, Saul Kripke, W.V. Quine, J.J.C. Smart, and Peter van Inwagen. His letters formed the undercurrent of his published work and became the medium through which he proposed many of his well-known theories and discussed a range of philosophical topics in depth. A selection of his vast correspondence over a 40-year period is presented here across two volumes. Structured in three parts, Volume 2 explores Lewis' contributions to philosophical questions of mind, language, and epistemology respectively. The letters address Lewis's answer to the mind-body problem, propositional attitudes and the purely subjective character of conscious experience, meaning and reference as well as grammar in language, vagueness, truth in fiction, the problem of scepticism, and Lewis's work on decision theory and rationality, among many other topics. This volume is a testament to Lewis' achievement in these areas and will be an invaluable resource for those exploring contemporary debates concerning mind, language, and epistemology.

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