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Jessica M. Wilson
University of Toronto at Scarborough
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I address the question of whether there is any role for metaphysics to play on which it is both non-redundant and capable of genuinely illuminating whatever subject matter is at issue. I first argue that metaphysical methodology itself obliges metaphysicians to take this question seriously. I then argue that the currently popular “hands-off” conception of metaphysical theorizing is unable to provide a satisfactory answer to the question of metaphysics. Third, I present my preferred “embedded” conception of metaphysics, and say why it makes good sense of metaphysics as a non-redundant discipline, capable of producing intelligible and illuminating results.
Keywords metaphysics  philosophical methodology  metaphysical methodology  metametaphysics  methodology
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ISBN(s) 1354-814X
DOI 10.5840/tpm201674107
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