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Assistant Professor
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Specialty:metaphysics, time, possibility
Biography:Moyer, an analytic metaphysician, studies whether there are any "deep" truths to be discovered in metaphysics. For centuries metaphysics was dismissed as either nonsense or as involving merely verbal disputes. However, since the 1970’s, especially due to Kripke’s "Naming and Necessity," metaphysics has regained its legitimacy. Today metaphysicians standardly believe common sense is radically mistaken in some of its most fundamental assumptions about what exists. Moyer, an anti-metaphysical metaphysician, questions this, focusing on issues surrounding the existence of everyday physical objects, how they persist through time, and what is possible of such objects.