* A book about the things that we encounter in everyday experience. * Contains a thorough and accessible discussion of the nature and aims of metaphysics. * Examines a wide range of ontological categories, including both particulars and universals. * Mounts a forceful and persuasive case for anti-reductionism.
Cynthia Macdonald is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She is Associate Editor of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy and the author or editor of numerous publications, including The Philosophy of Psychology: Debates on Psychological Explanation (co-edited with Graham Macdonald, Blackwell, 1994), Connectionism: Debates on Psychological Explanation (co-edited with Graham Macdonald, Blackwell, 1995) and Contemporary Readings in the Foundations of Metaphysics (co-edited with Stephen Laurence, Blackwell, 1998).