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Single Idea 20350

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 3. Metaphysics as Science]

Full Idea

The evidence lies at the periphery of the [metaphysical] system and runs in from there, through decreasingly specific accounts of the data, to the central ontology.

Gist of Idea

Metaphysics generalises the data, to get at the ontology

Source

John Richardson (Nietzsche's System [2002], Intro)

A Reaction

Philosophy is the study of high level generalisations, IMHO. Studying them means studying the reasons for asserting them. Richardson puts it very nicely.

Book Reference

Richardson,John: 'Nietzsche's System' [OUP 2002], p.7