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Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics Naturalized

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Every Thing Must Go aruges that the only kind of metaphysics that can contribute to objective knowledge is one based specifically on contemporary science as it really is, and not on philosophers' a priori intuitions, common sense, or simplifications of science. In addition to showing how recent metaphysics has drifted away from connection with all other serious scholarly i ...more
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published July 5th 2007)
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Jun 03, 2016 Shaun rated it liked it
For a great summary, by Massimo Pigliucci, of the realism/anti-realism debate, go here. Then find Part II of that post here for Pigliucci's full treatment of "Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics Naturalized."

The only reason this isn't 4 stars is because it's so overtly polemical. Here are some examples of their positions. 1) Metaphysics should be constrained by science. 2) Most modern metaphysics is repackaged scholasticism. To be fair, the authors come right out and apologize beforehand, but it do
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Dec 16, 2015 Rory Švarc rated it really liked it
A fantastic, fantastic book for anyone wanting to know the sort of 'world-picture' we should get if want to take seriously the findings of science, giving the best arguments I know against reductionism, building on Dennett's classic paper 'Real Patterns' as a way to work out our ontology. The first chapter deserves to be read by any professional philosopher, for a massively important criticism of contemporary analytic metaphysics, as relying on rather silly thought-experiments when trying to fig ...more
Peter Mcloughlin
A metaphysical argument usually has a simple core that is buttressed and fortified with cannon, bastions, redouts, trenches and weapons of intellectual argument designed to defend against a siege by opponent metaphysicians and as ground to launch offensives against their opponents. It can get quite convoluted reading the arguments and defenses of a metaphysical position especially one as polemical as the authors who wants to remove grand speculations of his opponents and establish his own syste ...more
Dec 05, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it
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I want to say two things before I get into the review. Firstly, this was one of the most technical philosophy books I've ever attempted to tackle head-on, and consequently a whole lot of it was either beyond me or right at my limits. The philosophy I can mostly follow, albeit with effort, but the nature of this particular project calls for a lot of heavy science. Some of that I can follow, but a lot of the technicalities are simply out of my scope.

As a consequence, I wound up skimming a whole lo

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“Attaching epistemic significance to metaphysical intuitions is anti-naturalist for two reasons. First, it requires ignoring the fact that science, especially physics, has shown us that the universe is very strange to our inherited conception of what it is like. Second, it requires ignoring central implications of evolutionary theory, and of the cognitive and behavioural sciences, concerning the nature of our minds.” 3 likes
“Given that the `common sense' of many contemporary philosophers is shaped and supplemented by ideas from classical physics, the locus of most metaphysical discussions is an image of the world that sits unhappily between the manifest image and an out of date scientific image.11” 1 likes
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