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Single Idea 14977

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 4. Metaphysics as Science]

Full Idea

Metaphysics, at bottom, is about the fundamental structure of reality. Not about what's necessarily true. Not about what properties are essential. Not about conceptual analysis. Not about what there is. Structure.

Gist of Idea

Metaphysics is not about what exists or is true or essential; it is about the structure of reality


Theodore Sider (Writing the Book of the World [2011], 01)

Book Reference

Sider,Theodore: 'Writing the Book of the World' [OUP 2011], p.1

A Reaction

The opening words of his book. I take them to be absolutely correct, and to articulate the new orthodoxy about metaphysics which has emerged since about 1995. He expands this as being about patterns, categories and joints.