Sider on the Epistemology of Structure

Philosophical Studies 173 (9):2417-2435 (2016)
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Theodore Sider’s recent book, “Writing the Book of the World”, employs a primitive notion of metaphysical structure in order to make sense of substantive metaphysics. But Sider and others who employ metaphysical primitives face serious epistemological challenges. In the first section I develop a specific form of this challenge for Sider’s own proposed epistemology for structure; the second section develops a general reliability challenge for Sider’s theory; and the third and final section argues for the rejection of Siderean structure in the course of answering a transcendental argument against such rejection.



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Jared Warren
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