Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Causation; 3. Freedom and determinism; 4. Laws of nature; 5. Personal identity; 6. Mental states; 7. Time; 8. Material objects; 9. Properties; Bibliography; Index.
Discusses and invites students to reflect on topics such as causation, freedom and determinism, laws of nature, and material objects.
John W. Carroll is Professor of Philosophy at North Carolina State University. He is the author of Laws of Nature (Cambridge, 1994). Ned Markosian is Professor of Philosophy at Western Washington University.
'This textbook does remarkably well at combining breadth with depth, and accessibility with rigor. It covers every major issue debated in metaphysics today; it is clear and careful; it avoids taking sides. The writing style is decidedly engaging and at times amusing - if the book were not being so clear about such confusing matters, one would almost say that it is fun to read.' Crawford L. Elder, University of Connecticut