The paper discusses different approaches to metaphysics and defends a specific, non-deflationary approach that nevertheless qualifies as scientifically-grounded and, consequently, as acceptable from the naturalistic viewpoint. By critically assessing some recent work on science and metaphysics, we argue that such a sophisticated form of naturalism, which preserves the autonomy of metaphysics as an a priori enterprise yet pays due attention to the indications coming from our best science, is not only workable but recommended.
Philosophy Seminar Series.
Date: Thursday, 20 Feb 2014
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm
Venue: Philosophy Resource Room (AS3 #05-23)
Speaker: Tuomas Takho, Research Fellow, Academy of Finland / Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki
Moderator: Dr. Ben Blumson
About the Speaker:
Tuomas E. Tahko is a Finnish Academy Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki. He specializes in metaphysics and its methodology, is the editor of Contemporary Aristotelian Metaphysics (CUP, 2012), and is currently writing the Cambridge Introduction to Metametaphysics. His recent articles include “Soames’s Deflationism About Modality” (Erkenntnis 78, no. 6, 2013), “Truth-Grounding and Transitivity” (Thought 2, no. 4, 2013), and “Boring Infinite Descent” (Metaphilosophy, forthcoming). More details at www.ttahko.net.