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Single Idea 14250

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

Full Idea

Metaphysics has two main areas of concern: one is with the nature of things, with what they are; and the other is with the existence of things, with whether they are.

Gist of Idea

Metaphysics deals with the existence of things and with the nature of things


Kit Fine (Ontological Dependence [1995], I)

Book Reference

-: 'Aristotelian Society' [], p.269

A Reaction

This paper is part of a movement which has shifted metaphysics to a third target - how things relate to one another. The possibility that this third aim should be the main one seems quite plausible to me.

Related Idea

Idea 14255 We understand things through their dependency relations [Fine,K]