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"Metaphysics has always struck me as a prolonged form of latent insanity. If we knew the truth, we'd see it; everything else is systems and approximations. The inscrutability of the universe is quite enough for us to think about; to want to actually understand it is to be less than human, since to be human is to realize it can't be understood.

I'm handed faith like a sealed package on a strange-looking platter and am expected to accept it without opening it. I'm handed science, like a knife on a plate, to cut the folios of a book whose pages are blank. I'm handed doubt, like dust inside a box - but why give me a box if all it contains is dust?"

- From The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
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by Bagheera 2 years ago
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One of the oldest disciplines of human inquiry traditionally studied under philosophy. Ontology is also studied under metaphysics. It isn't clear to say exactly what is metaphysics, partly due to the fact that different takes on metaphysics lead to different understandings of it. While some consider metaphysics to be a fundamental are of study that completes and bonds our general knowledge acquired from other subjects, some considered it to be nonsensical, and proposed its abandonment.

Abandonment of metaphysics was a popular trend in the first decades of analytic philosophy, especially in the Vienna Circle. Later, though, analytic philosophers reembraced the idea that metaphysics to some degree is needed to explain other forms of knowledge. One of the first analytic philosophers to go back to the good old metaphysics is Quine; despite his scepticism and him being the David Hume of the 20th century, Quine argued that set theory is a key notion in human knowledge, and that it is metaphysical.

(see: ontology)
(see: logical positivism)
(see: set theory)
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by some caprican guy 2 years ago
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