Bookbeat: April 2009


by Michael Jubien, Philosophy
(2009, Oxford University Press)
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Possibility offers a new analysis of the metaphysical concepts of possibility and necessity, one that does not rely on any sort of "possible worlds." The analysis proceeds from an account of the notion of a physical object and from the positing of properties and relations. It is motivated by considerations about how we actually speak of and think of objects. Michael Jubien discusses several closely related topics, including different purported varieties of possible worlds, the doctrine of "essentialism," natural kind terms and alleged examples of necessity a posteriori. The book also offers a new theory of the functioning of proper names, both actual and fictional, and the discussion of natural kind terms and necessity a posteriori depends in part on this theory.

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Ontology, Modality, and the Fallacy of ReferenceOntology, Modality, and the Fallacy of Reference

by Michael Jubien, Philosophy,
(2009, Cambridge University Press)
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This is a book about the concept of a physical thing and about how the names of things relate to the things they name. It questions the prevalent view that names 'refer to' or 'denote' the things they name. Instead it presents a new theory of proper names, according to which names express certain special properties that the things they name exhibit. This theory leads to some important conclusions about whether things have any of their properties as a matter of necessity. This will be an important book for philosophers in metaphysics and the philosophy of language, though it will also interest linguists concerned with the semantics of natural language.

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Aesop's FablesAesop's Fables

John Cech, Department of English
(Sterling Press, 2009)
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One of the earliest volumes ever printed in English was Aesop’s Fables, and these delightful, instructive little parables have never gone out of style. Though originally meant for all ages, it is generally considered the first real book to have an audience of children. Noted author John Cech—whose Classic Fairy Tale Collection has received wide critical acclaim—retells some of these best-loved stories in his own inimitable way. Martin Jarrie (illustrator of the bestselling ABC USA) enhances the tales as never before with his unique folk-style art, making this anthology one of the most beautiful and necessary volumes for any child’s bookshelf.

The beloved fables here include The Fox and the Grapes, The Ant and the Grasshopper, The Vain Crow, The Rooster and the Pearl, The City Mouse and the Country Mouse, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse, The Boy Who Went Swimming, The Sun and the Wind, and The Monkey and the Camel

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