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The Routledge Handbook of Metametaphysics

ISBN 9781138082250
Published July 13, 2020 by Routledge
514 Pages

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Book Description

Philosophical questions regarding the nature and methodology of philosophical inquiry have garnered much attention in recent years. Perhaps nowhere are these discussions more developed than in relation to the field of metaphysics.

The Routledge Handbook of Metametaphysics is an outstanding reference source to this growing subject. It comprises thirty-eight chapters written by leading international contributors, and is arranged around five themes:

• The history of metametaphysics

• Neo-Quineanism (and its objectors)

• Alternative conceptions of metaphysics

• The epistemology of metaphysics

• Science and metaphysics.

Essential reading for students and researchers in metaphysics, philosophical methodology, and ontology, The Routledge Handbook of Metametaphysics will also be of interest to those in closely related subjects such as philosophy of language, logic, and philosophy of science.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What is Metametaphysics? Ricki Bliss and JTM Miller

Part 1: The History of Metametaphysics

1. Metametaphysics in Plato and Aristotle Vasilis Politis

2. Kantian Meta-Ontology Ralf M. Bader

3. Rudolf Carnap: Pragmatist and Expressivist about Ontology Robert Kraut

4. Quine’s Metametaphysics Karl Egerton

5. Metaphysical Realism and Anti-Realism Jussi Haukioja

6. From Modal to Post-Modal Metaphysics Nathan Wildman

Part 2: Neo-Quineanism (and its objectors)

7. Ontological Commitment and Quantifiers Ted Parent

8. Quantifier Variance Rohan Sud and David Manley

9. Verbal Disputes and Metaphysics Brendan Balcerak Jackson

10. Absolute Generality Agustín Rayo

11. The Metametaphysics of Neo-Fregeanism Matti Eklund

12. Easy Ontology Amie L. Thomasson

13. Defending the importance of ordinary existence questions and debates Jody Azzouni

14. Ontological Pluralism Jason Turner

Part 3: Alternative Conceptions of Metaphysics

15. Grounding Alexander Skiles and Kelly Trogdon

16. Fundamentality Ricki Bliss

17. Metaphysical Explanation Naomi Thompson

18. Truthmaking and Metametaphysics Ross P. Cameron

19. Essence Jessica Leech

20. Fictionalist Strategies in Metaphysics Lukas Skiba and Richard Woodward

21. Global expressivism Stephen Barker

22. Hylomorphic unity Anna Marmodoro

23. Feminist Metaphysics Elizabeth Barnes

24. Social Ontology Rebecca Mason and Katherine Ritchie

25. Natural Language Ontology Friederike Moltmann

26. Phenomenology as Metaphysics Dan Zahavi

Part 4: The Epistemology of Metaphysics

27. A Priori or A Posteriori? Tuomas E. Tahko

28. The epistemology of modality Sonia Roca-Royes

29. Ideology and Ontology Sam Cowling

30. Primitives Jiri Benovsky

31. Conceptual Analysis in Metaphysics Frank Jackson

32. Contingentism in Metaphysics Kristie Miller

33. Is Metaphysics Special? Thomas Hofweber

Part 5: Science and Metaphysics

34. Science Guided Metaphysics Kerry McKenzie

35. Methods in Science and Metaphysics Matt Farr and Milena Ivanova

36. Thing and Non-Thing Ontologies Michael Esfeld

37. Moderately Naturalised Metaphysics Matteo Morganti

38. Science of the Possible JTM Miller.


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Ricki Bliss is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Lehigh University, USA. Her research focuses primarily on issues in foundational metaphysics with a particular interest in how history, in particular the history of Christian thought, might bear on those issues.

J.T.M. Miller is a philosopher based at the University of Nottingham, UK. From July 2020, he will be Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Durham University, UK. His research focuses on issues at the intersection of metaphysics, and philosophy of language and linguistics, including on the nature of metaphysical disputes, how to assess metaphysical theories, and the metaphysics of language.