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1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 2. Possibility of Metaphysics

[possibility of abstract wisdom through pure thought]

18 ideas
Kant turned metaphysics into epistemology, ignoring Aristotle's 'being qua being' [Kant, by Macdonald,C]
Metaphysics might do better to match objects to our cognition (and not start with the objects) [Kant]
You just can't stop metaphysical speculation, in any mature mind [Kant]
The voyage of reason may go only as far as the coastline of experience reaches [Kant]
The love of certainty holds us back in metaphysics [Joubert]
Older metaphysics naively assumed that thought grasped things in themselves [Hegel]
Metaphysics divided the old unified Greek world into two [Nietzsche, by Critchley]
Metaphysics is hopeless with its present epistemology; common-sense realism is needed [Colvin]
Metaphysics cannot give knowledge of the universe as a whole [Russell]
No possible evidence could decide the reality of numbers, so it is a pseudo-question [Carnap]
Kripke separated semantics from metaphysics, rather than linking them, making the latter independent [Kripke, by Stalnaker]
Is it likely that a successful, coherent, explanatory ontological hypothesis is true? [Fraassen]
There must be a plausible epistemological theory alongside any metaphysical theory [Forbes,G]
If metaphysics can't be settled, it hardly matters whether it makes sense [Fine,K]
Questions of explanation should not be confused with metaphyics [Heil]
Metaphysical enquiry can survive if its conclusions are tentative [Sider]
Your metaphysics is 'cheating' if your ontology won't support the beliefs you accept [Sider]
There is no test for metaphysics, except devising alternative theories [Ladyman/Ross]