Department of Philosophy

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Anthony Fisher (Queen's University)

"Donald C. Williams's Defence of Real Metaphysics"

In the middle of last century metaphysics was criticised, ridiculed, and committed to the flames. Donald C. Williams was one of the few philosophers during this period to defend metaphysics. In this same period he constructed an ontology of tropes and defended the four-dimensional manifold theory of time. His contributions to ontology are well-known, but his defence of metaphysics is not. And yet it was vital to the survival and revival of metaphysics. In this talk I will present his defence of metaphysics. This involves an explanation of his realist theories of meaning, analyticity, the a priori, and induction as it is upon these theories that his defence of metaphysics rests. I will also show how his defence of metaphysics can be used to respond to a recent attack on metaphysics.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2016

WATSON HALL, ROOM 517 @ 4:00 p.m.

EVERYONE WELCOME

 

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