We All Have Beliefs To The Effect That If A Certain Thing Were To Happen A Certain Other Thing Would Happen We Also Believe That Some Things Simply Must Be So, With No Possibility Of Having Been Otherwise And In Acting Intentionally We All Take Certain Things To Be Good Reason To Believe Or Do Certain Things In This Book Barry Stroud Argues That Some Beliefs Of Each Of These Kinds Are Indispensable To Our Having Any Conception Of A World At All That Means No One Could Consistently Dismiss All Beliefs Of These Kinds As Merely Ways Of Thinking That Do Not Describe How Things Really Are In The World As It Is Independently Of Us And Our Responses But The Unacceptability Of Any Such Negative Unmasking View Does Not Support A Satisfyingly Positive Metaphysical Realism No Metaphysical Satisfaction Is Available Either Way, Given The Conditions Of Our Holding The Beliefs Whose Metaphysical Status We Wish To Understand This Does Not Mean We Will Stop Asking The Metaphysical Question But We Need A Better Understanding Of How It Can Have Whatever Sense It Has For Us This Challenging Volume Takes Up These Large, Fundamental Questions In Clear Language Accessible To A Wide Philosophical Readership. Stroud takes on what we could call the Kantian metaphysical challenge can we ascribe to reality itself the aspects of our experience that make reality intelligible to us Does the world itself contain value, necessity, and causality, or are those dependent upon human emotions and perceptions Kant famously answered his own challenge with a qualified yes transcendental idealism buys objectivity for those concepts the synthetic a priori but at the cost of abandoning any kind of simple, straight forward realism.Stroud s own response takes some time to develop But in the end, he does take a position that is similar in broad approach to Kant s He withdraws, though, from the strong argument that Kant made for the claim that we can define a set of a elements we can know a priori to be complete and necessary to any understanding of objective reality And, to Stroud s main point, he rejects the claim that we can actually provide an answer to the challenge.Stroud s claim is that the very thing, the indispensable role that these concepts play in our ability to think about and understand reality, that for Kant became the basis for a science of metaphysics that same indispensability prevents us from making either a positive or negative metaphysical claim about the status of those concepts.He argues tha
Engagement and Metaphysical Dissatisfaction is wonderfully careful and deep Savor it.
- 163 pages
- Engagement and Metaphysical Dissatisfaction
- Barry Stroud
- 23 November 2017 Barry Stroud