1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Metametaphysics

Edited By Ricki Bliss, J.T.M. Miller Copyright 2021
    514 Pages
    by Routledge

    514 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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.



    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.