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An Introduction to Ontology

Paperback By Nikk Effingham
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In this engaging and wide-ranging new book, Nikk Effingham provides an introduction to contemporary ontology - the study of what exists - and its importance for philosophy today. He covers the key topics in the field, from the ontology of holes, numbers and possible worlds, to space, time and the ontology of material objects - for instance, whether there are composite objects such as tables, chairs or even you and me. While starting from the basics, every chapter is up-to-date with the most recent developments in the field, introducing both longstanding theories and cutting-edge advances. As well as discussing the latest issues in ontology, Effingham also helpfully deals in-depth with different methodological principles (including theory choice, Quinean ontological commitment and Meinongianism) and introduces them alongside an example ontological theory that puts them into practice. This accessible and comprehensive introduction will be essential reading for upper-level undergraduate and post-graduate students, as well as any reader interested in the present state of the subject.

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Format: Paperback, 224 pages Language: English
Dimension: 22.86cm x 15.24cm x 1.52cm ISBN10: 0745652557
Weight: 340g ISBN13: 9780745652559
Publication Date: 26 Apr 2013 Publisher: Polity Press

About Author

Nikk Effingham is senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Birmingham.

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"An exciting, well-written, fun introduction to contemporary ontology."Choice Magazine"This is a delightful introduction, both to various ontological topics and to the general aims and methods of ontology itself. Effingham writes with an informal style and a lightness of touch that makes even the more esoteric and technical issues come alive, and the book is an instructive joy to read."Helen Beebee, University of Manchester"Nikk Effingham has done a terrific job - he provides fine, clear introductions to a range of important debates, woven through with methodological reflections, whilst his chatty, engaging style conveys the sheer pleasure of becoming an ontologist."Katherine Hawley, University of St Andrews


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