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Putting Metaphysics First: Essays on Metaphysics and Epistemology

Michael Devitt


The book has two parts: one metaphysical, the other epistemological. The metaphysical part is largely concerned with realism issues. It starts with realism about universals, dismissing Plato's notorious ‘one over many’ problem. Several chapters argue for a fairly uncompromisingly realist view of the external physical world of commonsense and science. Both the nonfactualism of moral noncognitivism and positivistic instrumentalism, and deflationism about truth, are found to rest on antirealisms about their subject matters that are hard to characterize. A case is presented for moral realism. Vari ... More

Keywords: universals, commonsense realism, scientific realism, nonfactualism, moral realism, truth, biological realisms, biological essentialism, intuitions, naturalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199280803
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280803.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Devitt, author
City University of New York
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