Ideas of John Richardson, by Theme

[American, fl. 2002, Professor at New York University.]

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1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 3. Metaphysical Systems
Metaphysics aims at the essence of things, and a system to show how this explains other truths
Metaphysics generalises the data, to get at the ontology
Metaphysics needs systems, because analysis just obsesses over details
25. Society / A. State of Nature / 1. A People / a. Human distinctiveness
Humans dominate because, unlike other animals, they have a synthesis of conflicting drives
26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 7. Eliminating causation
A mind that could see cause and effect as a continuum would deny cause and effect