An Introduction to Metametaphysics

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How do we come to know metaphysical truths? How does metaphysical inquiry work? Are metaphysical debates substantial? These are the questions which characterize metametaphysics. This book, the first systematic student introduction dedicated to metametaphysics, discusses the nature of metaphysics - its methodology, epistemology, ontology and our access to metaphysical knowledge. It provides students with a firm grounding in the basics of metametaphysics, covering a broad range of topics in metaontology such as existence, quantification, ontological commitment and ontological realism. Contemporary views are discussed along with those of Quine, Carnap and Meinong. Going beyond the metaontological debate, thorough treatment is given to novel topics in metametaphysics, including grounding, ontological dependence, fundamentality, modal epistemology, intuitions, thought experiments and the relationship between metaphysics and science. The book will be an essential resource for those studying advanced metaphysics, philosophical methodology, metametaphysics, epistemology and the philosophy of science.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages266
ISBN (Electronic)9781316455531
ISBN (Print)9781107434295, 9781107077294
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2015


  • Metametaphysics
  • Metaphysics
  • Methodology of Metaphysics
  • Metaphilosophy


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