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The Scope of Metaphysics

As regards scope, a natural answer is that metaphysics is concerned with the investigation of the ultimate nature of reality, where this involves the attempt, first, to arrive at the most fundamental truths about what exists, and, second, to provide an account of the concepts that are involved in such fundamental truths. This characterization immediately gives rise to the question of the relation between metaphysics and science. The goal of physics, surely, is to arrive at the ultimate truth concerning the nature of the physical world. Similarly, the goal of psychology is to determine the ultimate nature of minds and mental states. How, then, do the sciences leave any room for the discipline of metaphysics?

This is a crucial question. But if one considers the issues that metaphysicians address, a clear answer will emerge. First of all, then, a central part of...

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