Buy Riddles of Existence: A Guided Tour of Metaphysics by Earl Conee, Theodore Sider (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Free UK delivery. This is an introduction to metaphysics for students and non-philosophers. ( Philosophers: it’s supposed to be the kind of book you can give to your friends and. Jana said: Conee and Sider provide a solid overview of the main topics of Riddles of Existence is the first book ever to make metaphysics genuinely accessible . Professors Earl Conee & Theodore Sider, each writing alternating chapters.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Riddles of Existence by Earl Conee. The riddles of metaphysics are the deepest and most puzzling questions we can ponder.
What are the basic ingredients of reality?
What is their ultimate nature? Could reality have been different? And where do human beings fit into reality? Indeed, why does reality contain anything at all? Riddles of Existence is the first book ever to make metaphysics genuinely accessible The riddles of metaphysics are the deepest and most puzzling questions we can ponder. Riddles of Existence is the first book ever to make metaphysics genuinely accessible and fun. Its lively, informal style brings these questions to life and shows how stimulating it theoodore be to think about them.
Earl Conee and Theodore Sider offer a lucid discussion of the major topics in metaphysics. What makes me the same person I was as a child? Is everything fated to be exactly as it is?
How fast does it riddlea, and can one travel back in time, against the current? Why is there anything at all rather than nothing? If our actions are caused by things science can predict and control, how can we have free will?
The authors approach these topics in an open-minded and undogmatic manner, giving readers a full sense of the issues involved. They don’t try to convince us of their point of view. Instead, they hope that, by reading this book, we will come to appreciate the importance of such erl and develop reasoned opinions of your own.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jan 21, Jana Light rated it really liked it Shelves: Conee and Sider provide a solid overview of the main topics of metaphysics: This is my second read, and I found the essays more helpful than I did previously.
Maybe I’ve gotten too far away from dedicated philosophical work. This book will not answer any of your questions about these large issues about our existe Conee and Sider provide a solid overview of the main topics of rjddles This book will not answer any of your questions about these large issues about our existence.
It has a hard time even explaining what metaphysics is. Conee and Sider simply do what metaphysics does: Depending on mileage, the lack of conclusive answers will either frustrate or delight readers.
I thoroughly enjoyed it because it highlights just how strange existence and reality can be, and gives a good overview of the tools and language we have for trying and failing to pin them down into a satisfying system.
Sep 04, Steve Cann rated it liked it. Ever wondered why there is something, instead of nothing? Or why humans supposedly have free will? Or what part of you is actually ‘you’? Or could god really exist?
As with this subject matter, conwe is the necessary depth to the subject-matter here that philosop Ever wondered why there is something, instead of nothing? Feb 12, Rishiyur Nikhil rated it did not like it. Trying to show “logical” arguments for and against existence, God, Free Will and Determinism, Constitution, Universals, Possibility and Necessity, etc. They get wrapped around the fxistence of English words, phrases and sentences. Many ad hoc judgements “obviously, this is wrong”, or “obviously, that is right” seem to be intuitively driven, not logically derived.
Riddles of Existence
The chapters on Constitution and U Very annoying book. The chapters on Constitution and Universals are particularly annoying. It’s the kind of analysis that people connee in Knowledge-Representation frameworks identity, subsumption, May 22, Sara Sheikhi rated it it was ok Shelves: Messy, not always well-constructed and unfocused book.
I don’t think this book is a good introduction to the subject of metaphysics. The examples are supposed to give relevance to the big questions but they very often get out of hand and too far away from the technical argumentation.
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A decent introduction, although it does have an unfortunate tendency to be a little unclear in its terminology and how that relates to the surrounding literature. Apr 02, Anthony rated it ear it Recommends it for: For a review of the central questions of analytic metaphysics, this book is surprisinly readable. It’s also not enough to get you through a metaphysics comprehensive exam, but that shouldn’t be held against it.
The chapters are alternately written by Sider and Conee; personally, I found Sider to have the existnece as a better writer note: Honestly, this book would probably make a nice pleasure read; just please, no one go making a career out o For a review of the central questions of analytic metaphysics, this book is surprisinly readable. Honestly, this book would probably make a nice pleasure read; just please, no one go making a career out of it. View all 3 comments. Aug 09, DJ Thompson rated it liked it Shelves: A good read for those with questioning minds.
Authors C and S did a good job explaining some pretty difficult concepts in straightforward, colloquial language particularly in the section on Freedom and Determinism. My only qualm with ROE is that in some chapters it went a little too in-depth for the casual reader, yet was not detailed enough for the serious philosophy student – not exactly an ideal choice for either group.
Apr 07, Jason rated it it was ok. Made bearable by the other author, Sider.
Riddles of Existence: A Guided Tour of Metaphysics by Earl Conee
Would have been single-starred otherwise. Conee became much too technical at times, and his phrasing of things could have been more clear.
Helpful if you want a decent grounding in metaphysics, but it can be quite confusing at times if you’re really not in a serene atmosphere. I finished the book out by virtue that I don’t believe in not finishing books. A useful introduction to various metaphysical topics. Occasionally the authors try to present too much in one chapter, but as an introduction, it’s useful.
Rather than provide a lengthy bibliography, the authors suggest a few titles for each topic, which is great for those who want to explore more without having to track down 60 books.
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I didn’t read too much of it but I think what little I recall was good Nov 21, Jonathan added it Shelves: Feb 08, Greta rated it liked it Shelves: Sorry Conee and Sider. Mar 09, Blake rated it really liked it.
For persons looking for a clear introduction to many hot topics in contemporary Analytic metaphysics, Sider and Conee offer probably one of the best books around. Jan 19, sheena rated it liked it Shelves: For example, why am I here? I still do not know. May 05, Nirbodh added it.
Worth reading, if you want to get your head spinning. Sep 29, Cai Guo rated it really liked it. Sider was much better a writer than Conee. Sep 02, Ben rated it liked it. Rob rated it it was ok Jun 04, Sarah Schoonmaker rated it liked it Apr 04,