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Metaphysics and Explanation

W. H. Capitan (Editor), D. D. Merrill (Editor)


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This volume offers an unusual variety of topics presented during the fifth annual Oberlin Colloquium in Philosophy.  Essays topics include: a dispute of the standard deductivist account of scientific testability; two definitions of “nonsense” that are closely related and correlate to science's concern with truth and philosophy's concern with concepts; contesting the causes of voluntary actions purported in Hart and Honoré's Causation and the Law; distinguishing two kinds of metaphysical tasks-—taxonomic and evaluative; and discussions of “what a thing is” in terms of its qualities and particulars and the distinction between numerical and conceptual differences, universals and individuation.

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822985839, 112pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 1966

About the Author

W.H. Capitan was associate professor of philosophy at Oberlin College.