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Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy) [Paperback]

Michael Loux
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23 May 2006 Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction is aimed at students of metaphysics who have already completed an introductory philosophy course. This third edition of the successful textbook provides a fresh look at key topics in metaphysics and includes two new chapters on time and causation.
Wherever possible, Loux links contemporary views to their classical sources in the history of philosophy. This new edition also keeps the user-friendly format, the chapter overviews summarizing the main topics and examples to clarify difficult concepts.

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (23 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415401348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415401340
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.9 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Very good…It goes into a lot of detail while always keeping the reader’s eyes on the main issues. The chapters are well-structured and well-written.'  - Tim Crane, Times Higher Education Supplement

'Excellent…It is well written and meets the need for something harder than first year texts. Students and teachers will like it.'Frank Jackson, Australian National University

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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One reviewer has given this book only 3 stars, describing the author's style as "irritating", but I disagree. I've read many introductory philosophical texts, ranging from tedious to excellent, but this is the best. The structure is very user-friendly (for example, the overviews at the beginning of each chapter are extremely helpful) and the prose style is a clear as it gets, and is certainly not tediously long-winded, as that reviewer implies; perhaps he thinks this because Loux does indeed go to great pains in assisting the reader to follow the argument at every stage - he often repeats an important point several times, for example, offering different formulations of the same thought. But this is basically just the technique of recapping frequently to make sure that the student's got it - something any good teacher should do.

The text is consistently pitched at the optimum level for undergraduates, at whom it is - I assume - primarily aimed. The back cover says that the book is "for students who have already done an introductory philosophy course", so if you are a complete philosophical novice this book is probably not for you - though everything is explained clearly, step-by-step. As a whole, it gives just the kind of accessible, straightforward guidance students need in order to do well in examinations, whilst providing enough detail and depth to create a solid foundation for further studies at a higher level.

One thing I particularly like is that, even at this level, the author manages to convey a sense of the importance and centrality of the subject matter. After all, investigating the fundamental nature of reality is surely, by any standards, a project of some intellectual urgency.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant buy 24 Oct 2010
By Peachi
This book is part of the core reading for my second year of a BA Hons degree in Philosophy and boy has it helped! Full of useful and interesting articles and snippets, this book is a brilliant read for those being introduced into metaphysics yet have a background in philosophy. I would whole heartedly recommend you buy this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good condition 6 Sep 2013
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The book was in good condition and came as it was supposed to. A few pencil markings in the text, but they did not detract from reading the book - other people's notes can sometimes be helpful!!
Very good service, would use again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good once you get used to his writing style. 15 Jun 2013
By AllyQ
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I found his writing style harder to understand than the topic he is writing about. It made the book take twice as long to read as it should have! Once I got passed that I actually enjoyed it.
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