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In a series of thought-provoking and original essays, eighteen leading philosophers engage in head-to-head debates of nine of the most cutting edge topics in contemporary metaphysics. * Explores the fundamental questions in contemporary metaphysics in a series of eighteen original essays - 16 of which are newly commissioned for this volume * Features an introductory essay by the editors on the nature of metaphysics to prepare the reader for ongoing discussions * Offers readers the unique opportunity to observe leading philosophers engage in head-to-head debate on cutting-edge metaphysical topics * Provides valuable insights into the flourishing field of contemporary metaphysics

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"Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics is a terrificbook -- 18 essays by some of the most distinguished voices incontemporary philosophy which collectively represent and define thestate of the art in this ancient discipline. The writing is freshand clear throughout, accessible to beginners but rigorous enoughto satisfy the most exacting specialists. This is no bland surveyof the subject: the book is structured as a series of debates, withpartisans of opposed positions clashing directly on the page. Forthose who want to see how contemporary metaphysics is done, thereis no better introduction to the subject."
Gideon A. Rosen, Princeton University

"This is an incredibly good collection of original papersabout the central problems of metaphysics. I will certainly use thebook as a text in my yearly introductory graduate seminar onmetaphysics."
Peter Van Inwagen, University of Notre Dame

"Until now we've had to choose between traditional texts, where the author pretends to be arguing with him/herself, andanthologies, where the reader pretends the authors are arguing witheach other. This book has genuine focussed exchange between some ofthe best metaphysicians around. The introduction by Sider is a gem.What a great way to learn metaphysics."
Prof. Stephen Yablo, MIT

"What might one want in a contemporary metaphysics reader?There are plenty of volumes that reprint the 20th centuryprecursors to current debates; no need for another one of those.What would be great is a collection of first-rate essays by leadingphilosophers which effectively engage the most important issues inthe field and give attention not only to the substantive debatesbut the meta-philosophical questions such as: what is metaphysicsand how is it possible? And now we have it: Contemporary Debatesin Metaphysics does it all."
Sally Haslanger, MIT

"Written with philosophical sophistication ....Rewarding and valuable ... .Teaching papers ... .It wouldmake a fine ... and useful resource for the professionalphilosopher." Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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Is personal identity psychological or physical? Determinism andfreedom: are they incompatible? Do abstract entities -universals, propositions, and numbers - really exist?Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics addresses these and many moreof the most contentious issues in the field today.


An introductory essay on the nature of metaphysics prepares thereader for the text's distinctive format - a series ofhead-to-head debates by eighteen leading professionals inmetaphysics. Squaring off on opposite sides of the issues, theydebate nine of the deepest and most puzzling topics in contemporarymetaphysics.


Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics is an excellent resource foradvanced students and professional philosophers alike.

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