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Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies$
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P. M. S Hacker

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199245697

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019924569X.001.0001

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(p.345) 13 On Strawson's Rehabilitation of Metaphysics
Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies

P. M. S Hacker

Oxford University Press

The logical positivists’ critical attitude towards metaphysics is sketched. Strawson’s conception of descriptive and revisionary metaphysics is described. Revisionary metaphysics is argued to be chimerical, and descriptive metaphysics is argued not to be a form of metaphysics at all. Strawson’s failure to account for the status of propositions of descriptive metaphysics is held to be remediable by reference to Wittgenstein’s conception of grammatical propositions that express norms of representation.

Keywords:   A.J. Ayer, descriptive metaphysics, grammatical propositions, H.H. Price, metaphysical propositions, P. F. Strawson, R. Carnap, revisionary metaphysics, Vienna Circle

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