An Introduction to Metaphysics
  • Publication Date: January 30, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554813759 / 1554813751
  • 376 pages; 6" x 9"

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An Introduction to Metaphysics

  • Publication Date: January 30, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554813759 / 1554813751
  • 376 pages; 6" x 9"

An Introduction to Metaphysics offers an engaging 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.


Praise for Jack S. Crumley II’s other books:

“Jack Crumley’s Introducing Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality hits the sweet spot for an introduction to metaphysics and epistemology. Engagingly written, the book provides an accessible overview of the field for the unfamiliar; yet there’s enough detailed discussion to complement many of the typical primary readings in a first-year or sophomore course. The book merits serious consideration as a textbook for university instructors.” — Phil Corkum, University of Alberta

“Jack Crumley has written an excellent introduction to epistemology and metaphysics. It is very well organized and clearly and attractively written, covering the main topics from both historical and contemporary angles with great competence and deep learning. The text is graced with vivid examples, wonderful visual illustrations and insightful implications for domains other than philosophy. It is a book to be enjoyed not only by students and their teachers but also by a larger public. Even professional philosophers have a lot to learn from its pages, as I have. I recommend this text very enthusiastically.” — Radu J. Bogdan, Tulane University

Chapter 1: Truth I – Three Classic Views

Chapter 2: Truth II – The 20th Century, Necessity, and Possible Worlds

Chapter 3: Realism and Antirealism

Chapter 4: Universals

Chapter 5: Things

Chapter 6: The Nature of Mind

Chapter 7: Personal Identity

Chapter 8: Free Will

Chapter 9: Time

Chapter 10: God’s Nature and Existence

Chapter 11: Why is there Something rather than Nothing?


Jack S. Crumley II is Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego and the author of An Introduction to Epistemology and Introducing Philosophy: Knowledge & Reality (Broadview), as well as A Brief Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind (Rowman & Littlefield).

  • • A student-friendly introduction to metaphysics that presupposes no specific background knowledge
  • • Covers all of the core topics of metaphysics, including truth, universals, mind, personal identity, free will, God, and much more
  • • A glossary of key terms is provided at back of the book for reference and review
  • • Original illustrations are included in each chapter to reinforce ideas and entertain readers