Theodore Sider

in Writing the Book of the World

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199697908
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732096 | DOI:

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Much of metaphysics, as it’s traditionally conceived, is an investigation of the fundamental nature of reality. This may be understood as the investigation of the world’s structure. Although philosophical doubts can be raised about structure, it is sensible to follow David Armstrong and David Lewis in taking the idea at face value. As will be seen in the rest of the book, the idea illuminates metametaphysics. Some critics think that certain questions of metaphysics are “insubstantial” (or merely verbal), in something like the way in which the question of whether the pope is a bachelor is insubstantial. Whether they are right depends on whether the key notions in the questions carve at the joints.

Keywords: fundamentality; structure; metametaphysics; Lewis; Armstrong

Chapter.  3729 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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