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On Strawson's Rehabilitation of Metaphysic s

P. M. S Hacker

in Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780199245697
eISBN:
9780191602245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019924569X.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

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 ... More


Descriptive Metaphysics

Leemon B. McHenry

in The Event Universe: The Revisionary Metaphysics of Alfred North Whitehead

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781474400343
eISBN:
9781474416108
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400343.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Strawson’s famous distinction between descriptive and revisionary metaphysics describes two different methodological approaches to the question of fundamental ontology. This chapter focuses mainly on ... More


The Revisionary Theory of Events

Leemon B. McHenry

in The Event Universe: The Revisionary Metaphysics of Alfred North Whitehead

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781474400343
eISBN:
9781474416108
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400343.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines the affinities and contrasts in the event theories advanced by Whitehead, Russell and Quine, all of which originate from the revolution in twentieth-century physics. The ... More


Conclusion: A Way Forward in Semantics and Metaphysics

Kenneth A. Taylor

in Meaning Diminished: Toward Metaphysically Modest Semantics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780198803447
eISBN:
9780191841620
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803447.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Throughout this book, I have attempted to detail some ways in which the native syntactic and semantic structures of natural language may fail to recapitulate the ultimate metaphysical structure of ... More


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