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Es, de hecho, casi el paradigma de por qué la gente odia a los filósofos: no es porque, como ellos se imaginan, los simples tengan miedo de la verdad, es porque en la oscuridad de un discurso, cuando se quitan todos los velos y se iluminan los rincones, nos hallamos con un discurso vacúo y resumible en mucho, y que, además, el proceso de ese pensamiento ni siquiera reporta algo valioso, el filósofo parece existir para inventarse problemas que a todos les importan sólo para dar respuestas que sólo sus compas comprenden jajaja. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Gifford Lecturer, and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of St Andrews. Ahora, la debilidad de su exposición no es por una cuestión de desacuerdo en los fundamentos o principios, no es porque coincidan o no con una idea preconcebida, sino porque las reglas del juego nunca son claras (me atrevería a decir que, por la manera en que maneja la idea de múltiples mundos y su extraña concepción sobre lo que múltiples universos significan, hasta la lógica clásica parece ser una convenencia que no se sostiene por la manera en que parece aceptar proposiciones contradictorias). This book is an introduction to metaphysics and it presupposes no previous acquaintance with philosophy. He is the author of An Essay on Free Will (1983), Material Beings (1990), Being: A Study in Ontology (2022), and seven other books.
The author is an ardent theist in his personal life and while I think he does a good job of remaining objective, there are times where I feel it stretches his arguments.I would love to look further at some of his arguments for you and interact with them; I just don't have the time or energy right now. This Fifth Edition differs from the Fourth in that the long, previously difficult chapter on time has been extensively rewritten, making it much more accessible and engaging for the student reader. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. He has taught previously at Syracuse University and was the president of the Society of Christian Philosophers from 2010 to 2013. I liked the way he explained most of the arguments, but I almost always disagreed with his point of view.
Equally valuable as a textbook in a university course or an introduction to metaphysical thinking for the interested layperson, Metaphysics remains a fascinating book for a wide range of readers, from first-time students to the most sophisticated philosophers. This in and of itself is a bold move (not many hold to the conjunction of these two, but those who do are very smart guys, e. The author is humble enough to recognize that thoughts and emotions are presently beyond our understanding, but makes arguments on intuitive grounds - and intuition on it’s own lack reliability and a case stronger than personal preference.If you hold to some kind of dualism or a compatibilism about free will, you would do well to read van Inwagen's positive arguments for his position and negative ones against yours. This text is divided into three parts: The Way the World is, Why the World Is, and the Inhabitants of the World. Updates include extensive rewriting of the chapter on time, enhanced clarity throughout the text, updated notes and suggested reading throughout. This is an OK introductory text for students who are unfamiliar with the basic concepts of metaphysics.