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Single Idea 20351

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 2. Possibility of Metaphysics]

Full Idea

Metaphysics makes system a virtue, contrary to the tendency of analysis, which breaks a problem into ever finer parts and then absorbs itself in these.

Gist of Idea

Metaphysics needs systems, because analysis just obsesses over details


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

A Reaction

I disagree, because it seems to rule out analytic metaphysics. I prefer Bertrand Russell's view. Admittedly analysis oftens gets stuck in the bog, especially if it hopes for salvation in logic, only to discover its certainties endlessly receding.

Book Reference

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

Related Idea

Idea 6118 Philosophy is logical analysis, followed by synthesis [Russell]