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Don Ross, James Ladyman, and Harold Kincaid

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199696499

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696499.001.0001

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On the Prospects of Naturalized Metaphysics

On the Prospects of Naturalized Metaphysics

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(p.27) 2 On the Prospects of Naturalized Metaphysics
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Scientific Metaphysics
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Anjan Chakravartty

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696499.003.0002

Recent philosophy of science has been seized by what may appear a schizophrenic attitude towards analytic metaphysics. Some philosophers of science have embraced metaphysical theorizing as an important tool for interpreting and extending scientific theories, while others reject analytic metaphysics as misguided, futile, or epistemically impotent. The idea of naturalized metaphysics—metaphysics appropriately ‘grounded’ in the details of empirical science—offers one possibility of a rapprochement between these seemingly conflicting attitudes. In this chapter, however, it is argued that the crucial notion of ‘grounding’, and hence the idea of naturalized metaphysics itself, have not yet been articulated in a compelling manner. The beginnings of an articulation are sketched.

Keywords:   science, metaphysics, naturalism, a priori, a posteriori, grounding

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