Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction [#326]
Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction [#326]

物体とは何でしょう? 色と形には存在形式があるのでしょうか。こうした疑問に答えようとするのが、倫理学、論理学、認識論とならぶ哲学の四大分野とされる形而上学です。本書では実例を出しながら、実体、性質、変化、原因、時間などがカギとなる形而上学の考え方を平易な言葉で解説し、複雑でわかりにくい形而上学が取り組むべき基本的な課題に挑戦します。

  • Begins with a series of simple quesions as a practical task to introduce the concepts before the theory
  • Provides an insight into the concepts of metaphysics in a simple and clear way, working through the basic practical problems
  • Explains an abstract, yet central philosophical branch of philosophy, without technical language
  • Written in the form of ten essays that convey the main issues and why they are important
  • Helps outline some of the key metaphysical ideas - substance, properties, changes, causes, time, and personal identity
  • Explains how metaphysics is understood and practised in philosophical thought

Metaphysics is one of the traditional four main branches of philosophy, alongside ethics, logic and epistemology. It is also an area that continues to attract and hold a fascination for many people yet it is associated with being complex and abstract. For some it is associated with the mystical or religious. For others it is known through the metaphysical poets who talk of love and spirituality. 

This Very Short Introduction goes right to the heart of the matter, getting to the basic and most important questions of metaphysical thought in order to understand the theory: What are objects? Do colours and shapes have some form of existence? What is it for one thing to cause another rather than just being associated with it? What is possible? Does time pass? 

By using these questions to initiate thought about the basic issues around substance, properties, changes, causes, possibilities, time, personal identity, nothingness and emergentism, Stephen Mumford provides a clear and simple path through this analytical tradition at the core of philosophical thought. 


Introduction: What is an introduction?
1: What is a table?
2: What is a circle?
3: Are wholes just sums of parts?
4: What is a change?
5: What is a cause?
6: How does time pass?
7: What is a person?
8: What is possible?
9: Is nothing something?
10: What is metaphysics?
Furthe reading: what should you read next?


Stephen Mumford is Professor of Metaphysics at the Department of Philosophy, University of Nottingham. He is also Head of the School of Humanities and Dean of the Faculty of Arts. He has written many papers and books in metaphysics, including a number of more popular works intended for a non-specialist audience including articles in Times Higher Education magazine, encyclopaedias, and magazines. His most famous book is Dispositions (Oxford, 1998) but he also authored Laws in Nature (Routledge, 2004), Getting Causes from Powers (with Rani Lill Anjum, Oxford, 2011) and Watching Sport: Aesthetics, Ethics and Emotions (Routledge, 2011). He is a frequent public speaker at both academic conferences and more popular events and has delivered talks in around 30 countries.

"It manages to be jargon-free without sacrificing rigour and complexity." - Times Higher Education Supplement


ISBN : 9780199657124

Stephen Mumford
128 ページ
111 x 174 mm
Very Short Introductions





Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction [#326]

Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction [#326]

Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction [#326]