Metaphysical Structure

This will be an advanced graduate seminar in metaphysics. We will work through my book manuscript Writing the Book of the World, and some supplementary readings. The manuscript defends realism about "structure" (joints in nature/fundamentality), and applies this to various issues in metaphysics and meta-metaphysics. I'm especially interested in questions of the form: are ontological (modal, logical) questions "substantive"?


  • If you can, read chapter 1 of my book (email me for this reading), as well as David Lewis's "New Work for a Theory of Universals", "Extrinsic Properties" (both are in his Papers in Metaphysics and Epistemology), and pp. 59-69 of his On the Plurality of Worlds, before the first meeting (on 1/26).