Metaphysics Overhead - The Task of Metaphysics Just as...

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The Task of Metaphysics Just as epistemology can be understood as the branch of philosophy dedicated to the nature of knowledge, metaphysics can be understood as the branch of philosophy dedicated to the nature of reality itself. Metaphysical questions include: -How many types of things exist? -How are events caused? -What’s the difference between real and non-real things? -How is free will related to fate? We should be careful to distinguish between talking about “ a metaphysics” and “metaphysics”, just as we must distinguish between talking about “ a philosophy” and “philosophy”.
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The Task of Metaphysics To engage in metaphysics is to attempt to develop “a view of the world that seeks to be accurate, consistent, comprehensive, and supported by sound evidence.” (Gracia & Sanford, 56) Metaphysics Science Theology Accurate X X X (?) Consistent X X X (?) Comprehensive X X (?) Supported by Evidence X X X (?) How exactly does metaphysics differ from theology? It may not be as clear a distinction as some think—see if you can identify the difference as we go along.
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The Task of Metaphysics On one interpretation, metaphysics aims to achieve two things: 1) “First, develop a list of the most general categories and,
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2011 for the course PHIL 100 taught by Professor Ames during the Fall '10 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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Metaphysics Overhead - The Task of Metaphysics Just as...

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