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Meta-Metaphysics free pdf Metaphysical theories are beautiful, and this volume demonstrates the role of the aesthetic properties of metaphysics in theory evaluation and theory choice. The author explores traditional meta-theoretical criteria and, finding the route from experience to metaphysics treacherous, considers metaphysical theories' explanatory power deriving from their primitives. The main example used in exploring equally good theories is the tropes VS. universals VS. nominalism debate. The first part of this book contains examples of metaphysical equivalence, partial metaphysical equivalence and metaphysical non-equivalence and through this a metaontological view of metaphysical debates develops: they might be either substantive or verbal debates. The author then goes on to claim that almost all explanatory power of metaphysical theories comes from their primitives, and therefore the identification of the best primitives in metaphysical theories is of fundamental importance. The second part of this book explores how to make a choice between competing metaphysical theories. Some traditional meta-theoretical criteria are examined, such as simplicity, compatibility with physics, compatibility with intuitions, explanatory power, and internal consistency. The author shows that following one or more of these criteria does not indicate which theory is preferable to the others. Metaphysical theories posses aesthetic properties such as "being elegant" or "being beautiful" that supervene partly on the non-aesthetic criteria discussed above, and the attribution of these aesthetic properties plays a crucial role in selecting one theory over the others. This book contains original research in the contemporary field of analytic metaphysics and meta-metaphysics.

About Jiri Benovsky

Jiri Benovsky began to study metaphysics to try to find a proof that the world really exists. He did not find that proof, but at least he found a job at the University of Fribourg, in Switzerland, where he can not only go in the mountains but also spend his days thinking about things like existence, reality, possible worlds, and most of all - time. Time and philosophical problems surrounding it have always fascinated him to the degree that he devoted half of his first book to it ("Persistence through time and across possible worlds", 2006), as well as a number of articles in international journals. He is also the author of two other books, including one on the philosophy of photography (which, yes, also includes a chapter on how time is represented in photographs). More on his work can be found on www.jiribenovsky.org.

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Author : Jiri Benovsky
Publisher : Springer International Publishing AG
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ISBN : 3319253328
EAN : 9783319253329
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Number of Pages : 120 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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