[SydPhil] Notification: Darren Bradley @ Thu 24 Sep 2015 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Darren Bradley

A Carnapian Defence of Metaphysics


Many who take a dismissive attitude towards metaphysics trace their view  
back to Carnap's 'Empiricism, Semantics and Ontology' (1950a). But the  
reason Carnap takes a dismissive attitude to metaphysics is a matter of  
controversy. I will argue that no reason is given in 'Empiricism, Semantics  
and Ontology', and this is because his reason for rejecting metaphysical  
debates was given in 'Pseudo-Problems in Philosophy' (1928). The argument  
there assumes verificationism, but I will argue that his argument survives  
the rejection of verificationism. The root of his argument is the claim  
that metaphysical statements cannot be justified; the point is epistemic,  
not semantic. I will argue that this remains a powerful challenge to  
metaphysics that has yet to be adequately answered.

When: Thu 24 Sep 2015 15:00 - 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
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