In its Focus on Faculty Q&A series of interviews exploring what keeps Dartmouth professors busy inside—and outside—the classroom, Dartmouth News interviewed Philosophy Professor Amie Thomasson, recently named one of the 50 most influential living philosophers. Thomasson, the Daniel P. Stone Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy, specializes in, among other topics, metaphysics and metametaphysics, which poses questions about the methods and goals of metaphysics. She is also the author of “Ontology Made Easy” (2015), “Ordinary Objects” (2007) and “Fiction and Metaphysics” (1999). Dartmouth News spoke with her about the nature of existence, why philosophy still matters, and what famous philosophers from history she’d invite to a dinner party. Read the full interview here.