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Metaphysics lives! 3rd March 2008

As one who gets paid to do metaphysics for a living, it was a little uncomfortable being told (Letters, March) that I was part of a “rare, perhaps extinct, breed.” Metaphysics was certainly unpopular among philosophers in the English-speaking world for a period of about 50 years in the early 20th century; but reports of its death were, happily, exaggerated. There remain philosophers who are sceptical of it—which keeps us on our toes. But, as a glance at current activity in journals and conferences will confirm, there are plenty of us who aim to…

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