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1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 6. Against Metaphysics

[rejections of metaphysics as a worthwhile activity]

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Kant exposed the illusions of reason in the Transcendental Dialectic [Fraassen on Kant]
On the continent it is generally believed that metaphysics died with Hegel [Benardete,JA on Hegel]
The demonstrations of the metaphysicians are all moonshine [Peirce]
Metaphysics does not rest on facts, but on what we are inclined to believe [Peirce]
Kant has undermined our belief in metaphysics [Nietzsche]
Metaphysics is having to find bad reasons for what we believe upon instinct [Bradley]
The empiricist says that metaphysics is meaningless, rather than false [Schlick]
Metaphysics uses empty words, or just produces pseudo-statements [Carnap]
Humeans rejected the a priori synthetic, and so rejected even Kantian metaphysics [Macdonald on Ayer]
Philosophy has been relieved of physics, cosmology, politics, and now must give up ontology [Badiou]
'Quietist' says abandon metaphysics because answers are unattainable (as in Kant's noumenon) [Fine,K]
After 1903, Husserl avoids metaphysical commitments [Mares]
Wide metaphysical possibility may reduce metaphysics to analysis of fantasies [Maudlin]
Science has discovered properties of things, so there are properties - so who needs metaphysics? [Hofweber]