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General Philosophy : Metaphysics and Ontology

Metaphysics and Ontology

Metaphysics is the study of the nature of reality or what sorts of things are real; it also seeks basic criteria or first principles for determining what sorts of things are real. It can address such topics as space and time, determinism and free will, God, mind and matter, identity and change, and more. Questions can range from "Why do I exist?" and "What is the meaning of life?" to "Does the world exist outside of the mind?"

Ontology concerns itself with what exists, and can range from asking what does it mean for a thing to exist, to asking "what exists," to seeking to identify and establish relationships between existent things. However, questions about ontology can lead to questions about those questions, becoming metaontology, or a study of the study of what there is.

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Selected Introductions and Reference Sources for Metaphysics and Ontology

A Companion to Metaphysics. 2nd ed. (2009), online resource.
1995 edition available in print:
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BD111 C626 1995

Handbook of Metaphysics and Ontology (2 vols.)
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BD111 H225 1991

Metaphysics Peter van Inwagen, 2nd ed. (2002)
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BD111 V38 2002

Metaphysics: A Guide and Anthology
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BD111 M48 2004

Metaphysics and Epistemology: A Guided Anthology
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BD95 M47 2014

Metaphysics: Contemporary Readings
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BD111 M553 2001

Metaphysics: The Key Concepts
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BD111 B33 2011

Riddles of Existence: A Guided Tour of Metaphysics
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BD111 C6263 2014

Theory and History of Ontology
A Web site by Raul Corazzon: "An important feature of this site will be the bibliographies about the history of ontology, selected authors and ontological topics that have not yet been covered in such detail."


Link: Metaphysics at PhilPapers
Link: Ontology at PhilPapers
Link: Wikipedia List of Metaphysicians