This book is an absolute must-read for anyone writing scientifically informed fundamental metaphysics. It collects several previously unpublished articles Tim Maudlin had in circulation for nearly 20 years. These articles present a compelling case against David Lewis’s thesis of Humean supervenience, offer and defend rival positions to those of Lewis and his Humean followers on the metaphysics of laws, causation, and time, and finally contain some interesting methodological suggestions on how metaphysics should be conducted.

What the book articulates most clearly are reasons for doubting the truth of Humean supervenience and replacing this comprehensive metaphysical thesis with one more aligned with the metaphysics one finds in science, especially physics. Maudlin takes Humean supervenience to comprise two claims:

  • 1. Separability: The complete...

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