Metaphysics from a Biological Point of View (BOK)

Stephen Boulter

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One of the most remarkable features of mid-to-late twentieth century analytic philosophy is the revival of interest in the traditional problems of metaphysics. However, given the long period of neglect from which metaphysics in only now emerging, it is perhaps not surprising that philosophers in the analytic tradition are still finding their metaphysical feet, particularly on meta-metaphysical and methodological matters. Thus contemporary metaphysicians find themselves in an exciting but ultimately unstable position: We are convinced that metaphysical questions are worth pursing, but we still lack a convincing story to offer our detractors about how we conduct our business qua metaphysicians. This essay is an attempt to provide such a story. The core recommendation is that we need not re-invent the discipline out of whole cloth if we are willing to learn from the past masters, particularly the Scholastics. What ultimately emerges is a defense of Scholastic metaphysical principles based on contemporary evolutionary biology.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Stephen Boulter
ISBN 9781137322814
Antall sider 160 Vekt 454 gram
Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd Emner og form Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology, Philosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledge