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Introduction: Pursuing a Naturalist Metaphysics<sup>1</sup>

Harold Kincaid

in Scientific Metaphysics

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199696499
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744983 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696499.003.0001
Introduction: Pursuing a Naturalist Metaphysics1

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This chapter outlines the naturalism motivating this volume, defends it from common criticisms, summarizes several recent books by contributors that serve as background for the debates in the volume, and shows the relevance of the theses in the different chapters to the project of naturalizing metaphysics. The roots of these debates are traced back to the logical positivists. Defenses of the empirical status of analytic metaphysics-based Quinean holism are criticized and interesting open questions about naturalized metaphysics are discussed.

Keywords: naturalism; holism; logical positivists; Quine; analytic metaphysics

Chapter.  10127 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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