- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 25, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199546002
- ISBN-13: 978-0199546008
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.3 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Metametaphysics is an excellent collection of papers about the nature and methodology of metaphysics written by the subject's movers and shakers. It will be of great interest to anyone enamored, repulsed, or mystified by metaphysics." --Philosophical Review
"[E]ven if you're not a metaphysician -- indeed, even if you're deeply suspicious of metaphysics -- Metametaphysics is interesting.... Metametaphysics hosts a debate that is much more nuanced than a simple 'skeptics vs. enthusiasts' dichotomy. Skepticism about metaphysics can take different forms and come in different degrees. It is also, unsurprisingly, resistible in a variety of ways. Metametaphysics develops many of the central issues in this dialectic, making it essential reading, not just for the metaphysician, but for the skeptic about metaphysics as well."--Elizabeth Barnes, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
About the Author
David Chalmers is Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University. He works in the philosophy of mind and in related areas of philosophy and cognitive science. He is especially interested in consciousness, but is also interested in artificial intelligence and computation, in philosophical issues about meaning and possibility, and in the foundations of cognitive science and of physics.
David Manley is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California. His papers in metaphysics and epistemology have appeared in such journals as Mind, The Journal of Philosophy, Nous>, and Philosophical Quarterly. Ryan Wasserman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Western Washington University.
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This collection of essays puts together some of the greatest minds in contemporary philosophy.
The topics are well-chosen, and the guidance it provides is golden.
On first assessment, the article I most noticed was a piece on foundationalism which was invigorating and very helpful.
All of this coming from someone who writes books on philosophy himself.
The collection broadly addresses two questions: What is metaphysics really about, and can metaphysics accomplish anything apart from intellectual gymnastics? The first theme is further decomposed into questions of what exists, how things exist, what grounds the reality (what makes it real) of what exists, and what is the structure of the world? There are papers addressing each of these over-lapping issues while other papers tackle the matter of whether any genuine insight can be had in metaphysics (particularly ontology) which, after all, is ultimately an attempt to uncover what is real in the world external to consciousness while bearing in mind that we (that is those making the attempt) are at all times trapped within the conscious perspective.
Drs. Chalmers and Manley have assembled a diverse and illustrative collection of viewpoints on this specialized and understandably misunderstood sub-discipline of philosophy. All of the papers rely on some familiarity with the fundamentals of metaphysics and the way philosophical debate is conducted. Most are easily accessible with a little careful reading while a few are a little more technical. But on the whole this is a very accessible collection well worth the read if you have an interest in the subject.