Riddles of Existence: A Guided Tour of Metaphysics

Riddles of Existence A Guided Tour of Metaphysics The riddles of metaphysics are the deepest and most puzzling questions we can ponder What are the basic ingredients of reality What is their ultimate nature Could reality have been different And where

  • Title: Riddles of Existence: A Guided Tour of Metaphysics
  • Author: Earl Conee Theodore Sider
  • ISBN: 9780199282265
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The riddles of metaphysics are the deepest and most puzzling questions we can ponder What are the basic ingredients of reality What is their ultimate nature Could reality have been different And where do human beings fit into reality Indeed, why does reality contain anything at all Riddles of Existence is the first book ever to make metaphysics genuinely accessibleThe riddles of metaphysics are the deepest and most puzzling questions we can ponder What are the basic ingredients of reality What is their ultimate nature Could reality have been different And where do human beings fit into reality Indeed, why does reality contain anything at all Riddles of Existence is the first book ever to make metaphysics genuinely accessible and fun Its lively, informal style brings these questions to life and shows how stimulating it can be to think about them Earl Conee and Theodore Sider offer a lucid discussion of the major topics in metaphysics What makes me the same person I was as a child Is everything fated to be exactly as it is Does time flow How fast does it flow, and can one travel back in time, against the current Does God exist Why is there anything at all rather than nothing If our actions are caused by things science can predict and control, how can we have free will The authors approach these topics in an open minded and undogmatic manner, giving readers a full sense of the issues involved They don t try to convince us of their point of view Instead, they hope that, by reading this book, we will come to appreciate the importance of such problems and develop reasoned opinions of your own Riddles of Existence shows that philosophy can be exciting and important, and understandable by anyone No philosophical background is required to enjoy this book anyone who has thought about life s most profound questions will find plenty to provoke and entertain them here.

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    1. Conee and Sider provide a solid overview of the main topics of metaphysics: personal identity, fatalism, time, God, the question of why is there something rather than nothing, free will and determinism, constitution, universals, and possibility and necessity. This is my second read, and I found the essays more helpful than I did previously. (Maybe I've gotten too far away from dedicated philosophical work.) This book will not answer any of your questions about these large issues about our existe [...]

    2. Ever wondered why there is something, instead of nothing? Or why humans supposedly have free will? Or what part of you is actually 'you'? Or could god really exist?All these classic metaphysical questions (& a great deal more besides) are tackled in 10 bite-sized portions in this handy volume, co-written by Philosophy Professors Earl Conee & Theodore Sider, each writing alternating chapters.As with this subject matter, there is the necessary depth to the subject-matter here that philosop [...]

    3. Very annoying book. Trying to show "logical" arguments for and against existence, God, Free Will and Determinism, Constitution, Universals, Possibility and Necessity, etc but the whole discussion seems confused and misguided by a lack of formalism. They get wrapped around the ambiguity of English words, phrases and sentences. Many ad hoc judgements ("obviously, this is wrong", or "obviously, that is right") seem to be intuitively driven, not logically derived.The chapters on Constitution and Uni [...]

    4. Messy, not always well-constructed and unfocused book. I don't think this book is a good introduction to the subject of metaphysics. The examples are supposed to give relevance to the big questions but they very often get out of hand and too far away from the technical argumentation.

    5. A decent introduction, although it does have an unfortunate tendency to be a little unclear in its terminology and how that relates to the surrounding literature.

    6. For a review of the central questions of analytic metaphysics, this book is surprisinly readable. It's also not enough to get you through a metaphysics comprehensive exam, but that shouldn't be held against it. The chapters are alternately written by Sider and Conee; personally, I found Sider to have the edge as a better writer (note: his serious writing on 4-dimensionalism is still dense). Honestly, this book would probably make a nice pleasure read; just please, no one go making a career out o [...]

    7. A good read for those with questioning minds. Authors C and S did a good job explaining some pretty difficult concepts in straightforward, colloquial language (particularly in the section on Freedom and Determinism).My only qualm with ROE is that in some chapters it went a little too in-depth for the casual reader, yet was not detailed enough for the serious philosophy student - not exactly an ideal choice for either group.

    8. Made bearable by the other author, Sider. Would have been single-starred otherwise. Conee became much too technical at times, and his phrasing of things could have been more clear. Helpful if you want a decent grounding in metaphysics, but it can be quite confusing at times if you're really not in a serene atmosphere. I finished the book out by virtue that I don't believe in not finishing books.

    9. A useful introduction to various metaphysical topics. Occasionally the authors try to present too much in one chapter, but as an introduction, it's useful. Rather than provide a lengthy bibliography, the authors suggest a few titles for each topic, which is great for those who want to explore more without having to track down 60 books.

    10. A useful introduction to various metaphysical topics. Occasionally the authors try to present too much in one chapter, but as an introduction, it's useful. Rather than provide a lengthy bibliography, the authors suggest a few titles for each topic, which is great for those who want to explore more without having to track down 60 books.

    11. another nice survey of metaphysics. covers all the main topics competently and accessibly though not transformatively. of course, every time i read something like this i can't help but feel metaphysics is the most futile area of philosophy, but i suppose that's just part of the experience

    12. For persons looking for a clear introduction to many hot topics in contemporary Analytic metaphysics, Sider and Conee offer probably one of the best books around.

    13. Questions.Questions.QUESTIONS.I read this whole thing and only have more QUESTIONS. For example, why am I here? I still do not know.

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