The Continuum Companion to Metaphysics offers the definitive guide to a key area of contemporary philosophy. The book covers all the fundamental questions asked in metaphysics - areas that have continued to attract interest historically as well as topics that have emerged more recently as active areas of research. Eleven specially commissioned essays from an international team of experts discuss research problems and methods in metaphysics, reveal where important work continues to be done in the area and, most valuably, indicate exciting new directions the field is taking. The Companion explores issues pertaining to modality, universals and abstract objects, naturalism and physicalism, mind, material constitution, endurantism and perdurantism, personal identity, personal identity, free will, and God. Featuring a series of indispensable research tools, including an A to Z index of key terms and concepts, a detailed list of research resources and a fully annotated bibliography, this is the essential reference tool for anyone working in contemporary metaphysics.
Robert W. Barnard is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Mississippi, USA. Neil A. Manson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Mississippi, USA. He is the editor of God and Design: The Teleological Argument and Modern Science (Routledge, 2003).
How to use this book; 1. Introduction; 2. A to Z of Key Problems and Concepts; 3. Research Methods and Problems Amie Thomasson; 4. Current Research and Issues; i. Personal Identity David Hershenov; ii. God Andrew Cortens; iii. Endurantism/ Perdurantism Nikk Effingham; iv. Naturalism/ Physicalism Gene Witmer; v. Abstracta/ Universals/ Properties Thomas Hofweber; vi. Modality Karen Bennett; vii. Free Will Tom O'Connor; viii. Mind and Consciousness Thomas Polger; ix. Material Constitution Stephen Blatti; x. Causation; 5. New Directions in Metaphysics Joseph Melia; Chronology; Resources; Annotated Bibliography; Index.