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Volume 51 • Number 4

October 2014



 

 

PREFACE




The claim that metaphysics is the discipline that studies fundamentals has found considerable traction in recent discussions among philosophers. Questions have been raised as to what this claim means and entails, about the nature of fundamentality, and about what counts as fundamental. The articles included in this issue of the APQ explore these and other related questions.

Earlier versions of the articles by Lynne Rudder Baker, Javier Cumpa, Jorge J. E. Gracia, and John Heil were presented at the symposium "Metaphysical Fundamentals" that took place at the University at Buffalo on October 25, 2013. The remaining articles were commissioned for this issue.

LYNNE RUDDER BAKER is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She received her PhD from Vanderbilt University. She is author of First Person Perspective (2013).

OTÁVIO BUENO is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Miami. PhD from University of Leeds. He is author of "Models and Fictions in Scientific Reasoning," Synthese (2014).

JAVIER CUMPA is Managing Editor of the journal Metaphysica: International Journal for Ontology and Metaphysics. He is author of "Exemplification as Molecular Function," Philosophical Studies (2014).

JORGE J. E. GRACIA is Samuel P. Capen Chair and SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University at Buffalo. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto. He is author of Metaphysics and Its Task: The Search for the Categorial Foundation of Knowledge (1999).

JOHN HEIL is Professor of Philosophy at Monash University and Washington University in St. Louis. He received his PhD from Vanderbilt University. He is author of The Universe As We Find It (2012).

BRANNON McDANIEL is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University of Richmond. He received his PhD from the University of Virginia. He is author of "Presentism and Absence Causation: An Exercise in Mimicry," Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2010).

DAVID S. ODERBERG is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading. He received his PhD from Oxford. He is author of The Metaphysics of Identity over Time (1993).

AMIE THOMASSON is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami. She received her PhD from the University of California-Irvine. She is author of Ordinary Objects (2007).

NEIL WILLIAMS is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University at Buffalo. He received his PhD from Columbia University. He is author of "Dispositions and the Argument from Science," Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2011).

Guest editors:
Jorge J. E. Gracia,
University at Buffalo

Javier Cumpa,
Complutense University of Madrid


 

 

 
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