Philosophical Studies

, Volume 173, Issue 1, pp 21–37 | Cite as

There is no special problem with metaphysics

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Abstract

I argue for the claim in the title. Along the way, I also address an independently interesting question: what is metaphysics, anyway? I think that the typical characterizations of metaphysics are inadequate, that a better one is available, and that the better one helps explain why metaphysics is no more problematic than the rest of philosophy.

Keywords

Metametaphysics Metaontology Nature of metaphysics 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Thanks to Elizabeth Barnes, Ted Sider, and audiences at Notre Dame, the University of Michigan, the 2014 Pacific APA, and the 41st annual Oberlin Colloquium in Philosophy. Special thanks to Thomas Hofweber, my commentator at Oberlin, Rohan Sud, my commentator at Michigan, and Daniel Nolan and Sara Bernstein, my commentators at the APA.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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