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The Universe as We Find It


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Preface 1: Introduction 2: Substance 3: Substance Stressed 4: Properties 5: Universals 6: Causing 7: Relations 8: Truthmaking 9: Reduction, Kinds, and Essences 10: Mind and Mentality 11: Conscious Experience 12: Conscious Thought 13: The Ontological Turn References Index

About the Author

John Heil is Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St Louis and Honorary Research Associate at Monash University. He works primarily on topics in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind and is author of From an Ontological Point of View (Oxford, 2003), Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge, 2012), The Nature of True Minds (Cambridge, 1992), and Perception and Cognition (California, 1983).


Heil's analytically rigorous yet nondogmatic treatment of the subject deserves careful study. * L. B. McHenry, CHOICE *
the book is an enquiry that reaches beyond the universe as we find it, and even beyond the universe as our best discoveries and scientific theories say it is * Barry Stroud, Times Literary Supplement *
...is masterful. It is a paradigmatic example of serious ontology. It is clearly argued, full of insights, and provocative. The list of topics covered is just impressive... * Javier Cumpa, Metascience *
The book is a pleasure to read, fun and provocative, and the historical breadth of the discussion is a welcome contrast to much in contemporary metaphysics. I highly recommend it. * Alyssa Ney, British Journal of Philosophy of Science *

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