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Writing the Book of the World
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Writing the Book of the World

Theodore Sider

Abstract

In order to perfectly describe the world, it is not enough to speak truly. One must also use the right concepts ‐ including the right logical concepts. One must use concepts that ``carve at the joints’’, that give the world’s *structure*. There is an objectively correct way to “write the book of the world”. Metaphysics, as traditionally conceived, is about the fundamental nature of reality; in the present terms, metaphysics is about the world’s structure. Metametaphysics ‐ inquiry into the status of metaphysical questions ‐ turns on structure. The question of whether ontological, causal, or mo ... More

Keywords: fundamentality, structure, carving at the joints, realism, substantivity, objectivity, metametaphysics, metaontology, ground, natural property

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199697908
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697908.001.0001

Authors

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Theodore Sider, author
Cornell University

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