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Formal Approach to the Metaphysics of Perspectives

Points of View as Access

  • Presents a formal approach to the metaphysics of perspective

  • Offers a novel analysis of metaphysical grounding

  • Includes a historical survey of relativism in the philosophy of science


Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 392)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana
    Pages 1-25
  3. Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana
    Pages 27-60
  4. Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana
    Pages 61-80
  5. Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana
    Pages 81-103
  6. Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana
    Pages 105-115
  7. Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana
    Pages 117-141
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 143-156

About this book


This book offers a metaphysical development of the notion of perspective. By explaining the functional nature of point of view, and by providing a concrete definition of point of view as a window through which to see the world, it offers a scientific realist theory that explains that points of view are real structures that ground properties and objects as well as perspectives. The notion of point of view has been of key importance in the history of philosophy, and different philosophical schools have used this notion to conduct analyses from the external reality to the inner phenomenal status, or even to construct an entire philosophical system. However, there has been a lack of systematic analysis of what a point of view is and what its structure is; this book fills the gap in the literature and makes the transition between semantics and epistemology, and the philosophy of science.


Feasibility Determinables philosophy points of view Grounding Qualitative Dimensions Historical Survey Points of View Physical World Determinable Structure Structure Points of View Historical Survey POV Physical World Determinable Structure philosophy pov Epistemology point of view Ontology Point of View metaphysics point of view Epistemology POV Ontology POV metaphysics POV Hautamak point of view

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mexican American and Latina/o StudiesThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

About the authors

Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of La Laguna (Spain) in 2009. His books include Los problemas de las teorías representacionales de la conciencia (Tenerife: Universidad de La Laguna, 2010) and Implicaciones de la teoría de los actos de habla (Madrid: EAE, 2011), and he has coedited (with V. Raga) La filosofía de Richard Rorty (Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2010). He has also published more than 50 articles in several collected books and international journals. In 2012, Colomina received the Young Researcher Award from the Spanish Society of Logic. His research areas of interest focus on Philosophy of Science, Logic, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness, Epistemology, Metaphysics, and the boundaries between Semantics and Pragmatics.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Formal Approach to the Metaphysics of Perspectives
  • Book Subtitle Points of View as Access
  • Authors Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • Series Abbreviated Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-73654-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-89255-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-73655-6
  • Series ISSN 0166-6991
  • Series E-ISSN 2542-8292
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 156
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
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