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Michael Morris

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239444

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239444.001.0001

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A Proposal for a Scientific Metaphysics

A Proposal for a Scientific Metaphysics

(p.54) 5 A Proposal for a Scientific Metaphysics
The Good and the True

Michael Morris

Oxford University Press

The condition of factual equivalence for reduction determines what it is for two expressions for the same object, property, or fact. Informative metaphysical explanations cannot be conceptual equivalence. Two expressions for the same things may nevertheless express different concepts or ways of thinking. The same thing can be thought of in different ways. Frege suggests that a particular way of thinking of an object is characterized by a particular kind of epistemological access to that object. This chapter discusses knowledge constraint and that it may be rejected by some on the grounds that it is verificationist or more generally anti-realist. Lastly, this chapter argues that we cannot insist that the direction of explanation be the same for all metaphysical explanations.

Keywords:   factual equivalence, reduction, informative metaphysical explanations, conceptual equivalence, Frege, epistemology, knowledge constraint, verificationist, anti-realist

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