Metaphysics: An Introduction combines comprehensive coverage of the core elements of metaphysics with contemporary and lively debates within the subject. It provides a rigorous and yet accessible overview of a rich array of topics, connecting the abstract nature of metaphysics with the real world. Topics covered include: * Basic logic for metaphysics * An introduction to ontology * Abstract objects * Material objects * Critiques of metaphysics * Free will * Time * Modality * Persistence * Causation * Social ontology: the metaphysics of race This outstanding book t only equips the reader with a thorough kwledge of the fundamentals of metaphysics but provides a valuable guide to contemporary metaphysics and metaphysicians. Additional features such as exercises, antated further reading, a glossary, and a companion website www.routledge.com/cw/ney will help students find their way around this subject and assist teachers in the classroom.
Alyssa Ney is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California - Davis, USA. She is editor (with David Albert) of The Wave Function: Essays in the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics (2013).