This may be called metaphysical perfectionism.
(c) Therefore, no significant body of metaphysical knowledge exists.
Both oxygen and a flame are metaphysical causes of tinder’s combustion.
So it is not enough that we articulate the various possible metaphysical units.
To endorse metaphysical infinitism is to reject metaphysical foundationalism (MF).
Most metaphysical solutions attack the Indirectness Principle as a way of undercutting the Metaevidential Principle.
That is, independently of human cognition, what relations obtain between the epistemological and the metaphysical categories?
I then outline the Representation Problem in the course of presenting the anti-realist challenges to metaphysical realism that are based on it.
But we still saw in section 4 that substantial theories of truth tend to imply metaphysical theses, or even embody metaphysical positions.
The view that reality is well-founded in the relevant sense is called metaphysical foundationalism, in contrast with metaphysical infinitism.
Metaphysical Grounding: The essential properties or essences of entities are the metaphysical ground of metaphysical modality.
Let us suppose that we are confident that we are able to identify every statement as either “a metaphysical statement” or “not a metaphysical statement”.
We should also distinguish ontological dependence, broadly conceived, from what is usually considered a stricter type of metaphysical dependence, namely metaphysical grounding.
Since metaphysical assumptions are not directly supported by descriptive data, it is advisable to keep them to a minimum, or to assume the weakest possible metaphysical assumptions.
The preceding account of the basis of metaphysical knowledge seems to be straightforward and unproblematic—although, and perhaps because, it severely limits the scope of metaphysical knowledge.
Thus it is commonly asserted that implicit within the metaphysical Hegel is an anti-metaphysical philosopher struggling to get out—one potentially capable of beating the critical Kant at his own game.
Both focused on political and ethical issues and showed little direct concern with metaphysical questions, but their discussions of the divine set the context for the emergence of metaphysical debates.
If metaphysical modality collapses either into logical modality or physical modality, then there is no reason to believe that our appearances of possibility and necessity are really about metaphysical modality.
When we look for an explanation of how we can know metaphysical modality we ultimately look to our knowledge of essential properties or essences as the basis upon which we make inferences to metaphysical modality.
Additionally the thesis that there are no first causes and the thesis that there are no things that do not change count as metaphysical theses, for in the current conception of metaphysics, the denial of a metaphysical thesis is a metaphysical thesis.
- pertaining to or of the nature of metaphysics
Example: metaphysical philosophy
- transcending physical matter or the laws of nature
Example: metaphysical forces
- highly abstract and overly theoretical
Example: metaphysical reasoning
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