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Metaphysics examines the fundamental structure of reality. Some of the questions explored in metaphysics include: What are the basic constituents of reality? What are natural kinds? Are there social kinds? Do numbers exist? Does time flow? Is it possible to travel in time? What are causal relations? How do objects persist over time? What makes us the same person at different points in our lives?



People in the Department of Philosophy who work in this area include: