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The Possibility of Metaphysics

E. J. Lowe

in The Possibility of Metaphysics

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244997
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597930 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199244995.003.0001
 The Possibility of Metaphysics

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A positive answer to Kant's famous question, ‘How is metaphysics possible?’, is given—one that represents metaphysics as being an autonomous and indispensable intellectual discipline whose task is to chart the domain of real possibilities. The notions of ‘real’ or ‘metaphysical’ possibility and necessity are defended and distinguished from those of various other species of modality, such as physical, logical, and conceptual possibility or necessity. The enemies of metaphysics, from relativists to those who seek to subordinate metaphysics to empirical science, epistemology, or the philosophy of language, are argued to hold positions that are either incoherent or self‐defeating.

Keywords: Kant; metaphysics; modality; necessity; possibility; reality; relativism; science

Chapter.  12617 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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