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Bradleyian metaphysics: a healthy scepticism

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Leemon McHenry has recently written an article which aims "to evaluate the plausibility of Bradley's conception of metaphysics" (McHenry, 1996, p. 159). In the process of this evaluation he draws an important distinction between two kinds of metaphysical project, which he labels "'pure' and 'naturalized' metaphysics"(McHenry, 1996, p. 159). In McHenry's terms, the pure metaphysician approaches his task by appeal to 'pure thinking' alone. Although he defines the method of pure metaphysicians as being a priori in character he is content to put Bradley among their ranks despite this, on the grounds that the latter is concerned to produce a metaphysical account that is "uncontaminated by the results of the empirical sciences" (McHenry, 1996, p. 160). This is contrasted directly with the aim of the naturalised metaphysician who employs the theories of modern science as a general guide to a metaphysics (McHenry, 1996. p. 161)

Publication Date


  • 1998

Citation


  • Hutto, D. (1998). Bradleyian metaphysics: a healthy scepticism. Bradley Studies, 4 (1), 82-96.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/784

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 82

End Page


  • 96

Volume


  • 4

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.pdcnet.org/bradley/content/bradley_1998_0004_0001_0082_0096

Abstract


  • Leemon McHenry has recently written an article which aims "to evaluate the plausibility of Bradley's conception of metaphysics" (McHenry, 1996, p. 159). In the process of this evaluation he draws an important distinction between two kinds of metaphysical project, which he labels "'pure' and 'naturalized' metaphysics"(McHenry, 1996, p. 159). In McHenry's terms, the pure metaphysician approaches his task by appeal to 'pure thinking' alone. Although he defines the method of pure metaphysicians as being a priori in character he is content to put Bradley among their ranks despite this, on the grounds that the latter is concerned to produce a metaphysical account that is "uncontaminated by the results of the empirical sciences" (McHenry, 1996, p. 160). This is contrasted directly with the aim of the naturalised metaphysician who employs the theories of modern science as a general guide to a metaphysics (McHenry, 1996. p. 161)

Publication Date


  • 1998

Citation


  • Hutto, D. (1998). Bradleyian metaphysics: a healthy scepticism. Bradley Studies, 4 (1), 82-96.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/784

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 82

End Page


  • 96

Volume


  • 4

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.pdcnet.org/bradley/content/bradley_1998_0004_0001_0082_0096