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Writing the Book of the World


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1: Structure 2: Primitivism 3: Connections 4: Substantivity 5: Metametaphysics 6: Beyond the predicate 7: Questions 8: Rivals 9: Ontology 10: Logic 11: Time 12: Modality 13: A Worldview References

About the Author

Theodore Sider is Frederick J. Whiton Chair of Philosophy at Cornell University. He completed his PhD at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has held positions at New York University, Rutgers University, Syracuse University, and the University of Rochester. He is the co-author of Riddles of Existence: A Guided Tour of Metaphysics (OUP, 2005) with Earl Conee, and the author of Four-Dimensionalism: An Ontology of Persistence and Time (OUP, 2001), and a textbook: Logic for Philosophy (OUP, 2010).


Two issues have been heavily debated in recent metaphysics: a revival of the old meta-question concerning the substantivity of (at least some) metaphysical debates, and the first-order question of what we might or should mean by metaphysical 'fundamentality.' Theodore Sider addresses these and related matters with great care, sophistication, clarity, and originality. . . . a terrific achievement: profound, rigorously systematic, and full of clarifying insights and arguments. * Timothy O'Connor and Nickolas Montgomery, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
Sider works through an impressie list of philosophical problems and shows in each case how the idea of basic structure can help us address them ... there is much to applaud in this fascinating book. * A.W. Moore, London Review of Books *
Siders book is a great and important milestone in contemporary metaphysics. I highly recommend it to all metaphysicians, although the reader has a mountain to climb. The book is rich in complex arguments requiring careful study, whether you are a realist or a deflationist. * Laszlo Kocsis, Philosophy in Review XXXIII *

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