Metaphysics

Metaphysics

Metaphysics

Metaphysics

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Some of the central arguments of this book were outlined in an essay of mine entitled 'True and False in Metaphysics', which appeared in the international number of Filosofia in November 1959. I have reproduced the actual wording of this essay in a few places. I have also used in Chapter 10 a passage from an earlier paper on 'Categories', published in Kantstudien, 1953-4. Chapter 9 is a revised version of a lecture I gave in the University of Toronto in 1958. I first had the leisure to try to work out my ideas about metaphysics in the academic year 1957-8, which I spent as a visiting professor in Ohio State University. I owe a deep debt of gratitude to Professor Everett J. Nelson, chairman of the Philosophy Department there, not only for inviting me, but also for the great generosity with which he treated me throughout my stay. I am also indebted to the University of Oxford and the governing body of Merton College, of which I was then a Fellow, for making it possible for me to accept the invitation.

Professor Paton read the typescript with his customary kindness and care, and made many suggestions for improving both the exposition and the argument, the great majority of which I have been happy to adopt. I take this opportunity to thank him for help and encouragement over many years.

Edinburgh W.H. W. November 1962 . . .

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