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Analytic Metaphysics versus Naturalized Metaphysics: The Relevance of Applied Ontology

Le Bihan, Baptiste and Barton, Adrien (2018) Analytic Metaphysics versus Naturalized Metaphysics: The Relevance of Applied Ontology. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The relevance of analytic metaphysics has come under criticism: Ladyman & Ross, for instance, have suggested do discontinue the field. French & McKenzie have argued in defense of analytic metaphysics that it develops tools that could turn out to be useful for philosophy of physics. In this article, we show first that this heuristic defense of metaphysics can be extended to the scientific field of applied ontology, which uses constructs from analytic metaphysics. Second, we elaborate on a parallel by French & McKenzie between mathematics and metaphysics to show that the whole field of analytic metaphysics, being useful not only for philosophy but also for science, should continue to exist as a largely autonomous field.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Le Bihan, Baptistebaptiste.lebihan@unige.ch0000-0002-1245-1373
Barton, Adrienadrien.barton@gmail.com
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Erkenntnis. Submitted on July 25 2017. Accepted on November 18 2018.
Keywords: analytic metaphysics, naturalized metaphysics, applied ontology, philosophy of physics, biomedical ontology.
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Baptiste Le Bihan
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2018 15:55
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2018 15:55
Item ID: 15358
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 18 November 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15358

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