Stances and Doctrines in Scientific Metaphysics

Egg, Matthias (5 September 2018). Stances and Doctrines in Scientific Metaphysics (Unpublished). In: 8th International Lauener Symposium on Analytical Philosophy. Bern, Switzerland. 05-06 Sep 2018.

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The insight that philosophical positions ought to be understood as stances rather than doctrines is one of the cornerstones of Bas van Fraassen’s critique of metaphysics. It has been argued, however, that not all kinds of metaphysics are equally vulnerable to this critique. In particular, James Ladyman and Don Ross have integrated van Fraassen’s emphasis on stances into the defense of what they call scientific metaphysics. This raises the question to what extent such a metaphysics can still claim (as scientific metaphysicians routinely do) to be concerned with objective truth, which is usually understood as pertaining to doctrines, not to stances. Reflecting on that question promises to shed new light on the interplay between our scientific and metaphysical theorizing and our general outlook on the world.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy > Theoretical Philosophy

UniBE Contributor:

Egg, Matthias

Subjects:

100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 110 Metaphysics
100 Philosophy > 120 Epistemology

Language:

English

Submitter:

Matthias Peter Egg

Date Deposited:

29 May 2019 11:19

Last Modified:

29 May 2019 11:19

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.129575

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/129575

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