Single Idea 15054

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 7. Against Metaphysics]

Full Idea

The 'quietist' view of metaphysics says that realist metaphysics should be abandoned, not because its questions cannot be framed, but because their answers cannot be found. The real world of metaphysics is akin to Kant's noumenal world.

Gist of Idea

'Quietist' says abandon metaphysics because answers are unattainable (as in Kant's noumenon)


Kit Fine (The Question of Realism [2001], 4)

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophers' Imprint' [-], p.14

A Reaction

[He cites Blackburn, Dworkin, A.Fine, and Putnam-1987 as quietists] Fine aims to clarify the concepts of factuality and of ground, in order to show that metaphysics is possible.

Related Idea

Idea 5568 We cannot know things in themselves, but are confined to appearances [Kant]