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1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 3. Metaphysics as Science

[metaphysics as physical science at the highest level]

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Natural history supports physical knowledge, which supports metaphysical knowledge [Bacon]
I am just an under-labourer, clearing the ground in preparation for knowledge [Locke]
Metaphysics rests on observations, but ones so common we hardly notice them [Peirce]
The business of metaphysics is to describe the world [Russell]
Quine's naturalistic and empirical view is based entirely on first-order logic and set theory [Quine ,by Mautner]
Ontology is highly abstract physics, containing placeholders and exclusions [Martin,CB]
Ontology should give insight into or an explanation of the world revealed by science [Ellis]
The aim of 'post-metaphysical' philosophy is to interpret the sciences [Habermas ,by Finlayson]
Metaphysics is concerned with the fundamental structure of reality as a whole [Lowe]
Metaphysics is not about what exists or is true or essential; it is about the structure of reality [Sider]
Extreme doubts about metaphysics also threaten to undermine the science of unobservables [Sider]
Metaphysics generalises the data, to get at the ontology [Richardson]
The metaphysics of nature should focus on physics [Maudlin]
Metaphysics builds consilience networks across science [Ladyman/Ross]
Progress in metaphysics must be tied to progress in science [Ladyman/Ross]
Metaphysics must involve at least two scientific hypotheses, one fundamental, and add to explanation [Ladyman/Ross]
Some science is so general that it is metaphysical [Ladyman/Ross]
Cutting-edge physics has little to offer metaphysics [Ladyman/Ross]
The aim of metaphysics is to unite the special sciences with physics [Ladyman/Ross]
Leibniz tried to combine mechanistic physics with scholastic metaphysics [Pasnau]