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Making New Tools From the Toolbox of Metaphysics

Arroyo, Raoni Wohnrath (2023) Making New Tools From the Toolbox of Metaphysics. [Preprint]

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In this review, I specify the metametaphysical background against which Alastair Wilson’s “The Nature of Contingency” (Oxford University Press, 2020) should be properly understood. Metaphysics, as a philosophical discipline, is standing on thin ice. The caricature of the situation is polarized, and is often presented as follows: metaphysics is either entirely extracted from science or it is entirely independent of science. There is a recent trend that focuses on the middle ground between these extremes, searching the philosophical literature for metaphysical theories that can fill the gap, i.e., leaving metaphysics as a free discipline to produce spoils for the eventual needs of philosophers of science. We can appreciate it better with the following distinction between the tasks of ontology and metaphysics, as complementary disciplines. If, on the one hand, we understand ontology as dealing with what exists, we can somehow extract the entities that are existentially postulated by scientific theories. Metaphysics, on the other hand, would be located as an extra layer, in charge of investigating questions about the nature of the entities obtained in this “naturalized ontology”. As a tailor, Wilson adjusts a metaphysical theory in order to perfectly dress the physical and ontological nuances of Everettian quantum mechanics, thus creating a metaphysical theory that gives us intelligibility, with the concept of modality, in two areas: in quantum mechanics, and analytic metaphysics.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Arroyo, Raoni Wohnrathrwarroyo@unicamp.br0000-0002-3800-8505
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Raoni Arroyo
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2023 03:35
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2023 03:35
Item ID: 22812
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10670-0...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-021-00444-3
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: June 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22812

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