A History of Anti-metaphysics

Joseph Agassi*

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The hostility to metaphysics began as the hostility to scholastic metaphysics and to that of Aristotle. It rested on Bacon’s doctrine of prejudice that led to the recommendation never to advocate an unproven theory: make no hypothesis. The hostility was thus to the speculative method of metaphysics. Russell’s hostility was to Plato’s metaphysics and Wittgenstein’s was more general.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSynthese Library
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameSynthese Library
ISSN (Print)0166-6991
ISSN (Electronic)2542-8292


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