Quote for the Day: Huw Price on the “Ghost of metaphysics” haunting contemporary philosophy

“In my view, this metaphysical rebirthing myth is in large part bogus, in the sense that niether of Quine’s achievements actually supports what is now widely taken to rest on it. On the one hand, the ontology that Quine revived in “On What There Is’ is itself a pale zombie, compared to the beefy creature that positivists since Hume had being trying to put down. And on the other, Quine’s stake missed the heart of Carnap’s metaphysics-destroying doctrine completely, merely lopping off some inessential appendages, and leaving the argument, if anything, stronger than before.”

~ Huw Price, Metaphysics After Carnap: the Ghost Who Walks?


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