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Methods in Science and Metaphysics

Farr, Matt and Ivanova, Milena (2019) Methods in Science and Metaphysics. [Preprint]

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While science is taken to differ from non-scientific activities in virtue of its methodology, metaphysics is usually defined in terms of its subject matter. However, many traditional questions of metaphysics are addressed in a variety of ways by science, making it difficult to demarcate metaphysics from science solely in terms of their subject matter. Are the methodologies of science and metaphysics sufficiently distinct to act as criteria of demarcation between the two? In this chapter we focus on several important overlaps in the methodologies used within science and metaphysics in order to argue that focusing solely on methodology is insufficient to offer a sharp demarcation between metaphysics and science, and consider the consequences of this for the wider relationship between science and metaphysics.

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Item Type: Preprint
Additional Information: Forthcoming in James Miller and Ricki Bliss (eds), Routledge Handbook of Metametaphysics
Keywords: Science Metaphysics Methodology Ontology Theory virtues
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr Matt Farr
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2019 19:47
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2019 19:47
Item ID: 15812
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: March 2019

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