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On Strawson's Rehabilitation of Metaphysics

P. M. S Hacker

in Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199245697
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019924569X.003.0013
 On Strawson's Rehabilitation of  Metaphysics

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The logical positivists’ critical attitude towards metaphysics is sketched. Strawson’s conception of descriptive and revisionary metaphysics is described. Revisionary metaphysics is argued to be chimerical, and descriptive metaphysics is argued not to be a form of metaphysics at all. Strawson’s failure to account for the status of propositions of descriptive metaphysics is held to be remediable by reference to Wittgenstein’s conception of grammatical propositions that express norms of representation.

Keywords: A.J. Ayer; descriptive metaphysics; grammatical propositions; H.H. Price; metaphysical propositions; P. F. Strawson; R. Carnap; revisionary metaphysics; Vienna Circle

Chapter.  11215 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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