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Metaphysics and reality

Stig Stenholm

in The Quest for Reality

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603589
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729270 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603589.003.0009
Metaphysics and reality

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Here this chapter discusses the implications deriving from the epistemology that has served science so well. Our technical mastery of the empirical world still does not uniquely determine either the ontology of the ultimate reality or the potential interdependences of its elements. What we can know we may know, but our understanding allows, nay demands, that there are things we cannot know. Thus we are free to populate these posited worlds as we like, assuming only that we do not create inner contradictions into our fantasies nor external conflicts with empirical facts. This situation even leaves open the opportunity of incorporating religious arguments. Religious concepts are in no way implicated by our knowledge but, on the other hand, it cannot exclude them.

Keywords: epistemology; ultimate reality; determination; possible worlds; religion

Chapter.  4130 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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