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An Introduction to Ontology

An Introduction to Ontology

Nikk Effingham

ISBN: 978-0-745-65254-2

May 2013, Polity

224 pages

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$69.95

Description

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.
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface
  • Chapter One: The Basics
  • Chapter Two: Methodology
  • Chapter Three: Properties
  • Chapter Four: Numbers
  • Chapter Five: Possible Worlds
  • Chapter Six: Space
  • Chapter Seven: Time
  • Chapter Eight: Mereology
  • Chapter Nine: Material Constitution
  • Chapter Ten: Works of Music
  • Bibliography
"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
  • An engaging and wide-ranging new book which provides an introduction to contemporary ontology.
  • Effingham 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.
  • 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.