An Introduction to Metaphysics offers an engrossing survey of central metaphysical topics, including truth, universals, the nature of mind, personal identity, free will, time, and the existence of God. The book is pitched at an intermediate undergraduate level and is suitable for students without background knowledge in these areas. Topically organized, it examines a variety of historical and contemporary positions relevant to each of the included themes. Memorable and amusing drawings by Gillian Wilson are interspersed throughout the text to illustrate concepts and examples.
“This is a refreshing, engaging, and comprehensive first introduction to metaphysics. Panoramic in scope and inclusive in tone, it grounds the reader in central concepts and theories while also finding space for voices outside the canon. Newcomers to metaphysics will be rewarded by reading it from start to finish, or by simply dipping in and out of the topics that they find most intriguing.” — Kerry McKenzie, University of California, San Diego
“Jack Crumley’s book is an excellent introduction to metaphysics—covering all the important topics, and written with clarity, precision, and elegance. As in his other outstanding introductions to other areas of philosophy, Crumley has read and digested everything that really matters and then synthesized and organized the material in an accessible and coherent way, with helpful definitions and plenty of examples, amusing but edifying illustrations, and useful elaborations in distinctly shaded boxes. As a professional philosopher, I found myself reading Crumley’s book with much interest and pleasure and, most importantly, learning quite a bit from it.” — Radu Bogdan, Tulane University, New Orleans
“This is a superb introductory text on metaphysics. It is engaging and accessible to newcomers to this notoriously abstruse area of philosophy.” — David Livingstone Smith, University of New England