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The epistemic value of metaphysics

Arroyo, Raoni Wohnrath and Arenhart, Jonas R. Becker (2022) The epistemic value of metaphysics. [Preprint]

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It is sometimes argued that, given its detachment from our current most successful science, analytic metaphysics has no epistemic value because it contributes nothing to our knowledge of reality. Relatedly, it is also argued that metaphysics properly constrained by science can avoid that problem. In this paper we argue, however, that given the current understanding of the relation between science and metaphysics, metaphysics allegedly constrained by science suffers the same fate as its unconstrained sister; that is, what is currently thought of as scientifically respectful metaphysics may end up also being without epistemic value. The core of our claim is that although much emphasis is put on the supposed difference between unconstrained analytic metaphysics, in opposition to scientifically constrained metaphysics, it is largely forgotten that no clear constraining relation of metaphysics by science is yet available.

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Item Type: Preprint
Arroyo, Raoni Wohnrathrwarroyo@unicamp.br0000-0002-3800-8505
Arenhart, Jonas R. Beckerjonas.becker2@gmail.com0000-0001-8570-7336
Additional Information: To appear in Synthese.
Keywords: Analytic metaphysics; Epistemology of metaphysics; Metaphysics of science; Scientific metaphysics; Value of metaphysics
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Depositing User: Dr. Raoni Arroyo
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2022 14:17
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2022 14:17
Item ID: 21017
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s11229-022-03833-5
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Date: 26 July 2022

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