Review of Metaphysics, Peter van Inwagen [Book Review]

Philosophical Review 104 (2):314-317 (1993)
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Abstract

In this classic, exciting, and thoughtful text, Metaphysics , Peter van Inwagen examines three profound questions: What are the most general features of the world? Why is there a world? and What is the place of human beings in the world? Metaphysics introduces to readers the curious notion that is metaphysics, how it is conceived both historically and currently. The author's work can serve either as a textbook in a university course on metaphysics or as an introduction to metaphysical thinking for the interested reader. This second edition, revised though not fundamentally changed, includes the basis of the first edition with a new chapter on the nature of time.

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Meghan Sullivan
University of Notre Dame
Peter Van Inwagen
University of Notre Dame
Timothy O'Connor
Indiana University, Bloomington

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