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Strawsons Descriptive Metaphysics - Its Scope and Limits
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2009 (English)In: ORGANON F, ISSN 1335-0668, Vol. 16, no 4, 529-541 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper examines some aspects of Strawsons conception of descriptive metaphysics, as it is developed in Individuals. Descriptive metaphysics sets out to describe "the actual structure of our thought about the world". Three specific problems for this project are discussed. First, isnt the description of our actual thought about the world mainly an empirical task? Second, how determinate and consistent is the stuff we find, how determinate and consistent is our conceptual scheme? Third, who are "we" here? Answers to these sets of questions are mainly negative in spirit. But all this will probably not mean that there will be no place for metaphysics, descriptive or revisionary, as a subject. The whole enterprise is perhaps more fraught with difficulties than Strawson thought, however.

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2009. Vol. 16, no 4, 529-541 p.
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Strawson, metaphysics, descriptive, revisionary, conceptual schemes
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-52825OAI: diva2:285612
Available from: 2010-01-12 Created: 2010-01-12 Last updated: 2010-01-13

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