John Bigelow

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Metaphysics is an academic discipline, taught at universities. As such, it arrived in Australia and New Zealand when European settlers began to set up academies in the nineteenth century. There were early settlers from other parts of the world as well as Europe; but in tracing the history of academic metaphysics, we must think mainly of the European settlers, since that is where the institutions of universities came from.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistory of Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand
EditorsN. N. Trakakis, Graham Oppy
Place of PublicationDordrecht The Netherlands
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9789400769588
ISBN (Print)9789400769571
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2014

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Bigelow, J. (2014). Metaphysics. In N. N. Trakakis, & G. Oppy (Eds.), History of Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand (Vol. 1, pp. 361-377). Springer.