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How to (and not to) defend the manifest image




Claims such as ‘there are no tables and chairs’ have become increasingly common in the philosophical context, and eliminativism is a fairly well-established position in contemporary debates in analytic metaphysics. Locating manifest properties requires us to demonstrate that they are entailed by the items on the shortlist of the serious metaphysician. The Placement problem is another manifestation of the Location Problem: it arises within a metaphilosophical framework that operates with a modest conception of the role of conceptual analysis in metaphysics and assumes a layered/hierarchical view of the sciences. Another philosopher who rejected the metaphilosophical commitment to the hierarchical view of the sciences that informs the location strategy is Heidegger. In the Heidegger’s account of the relation between the ready-to-hand and the present-at-hand the conflict between the scientific and the manifest image is eased in a very different way.

Acceptance Date Oct 1, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 14, 2019
Publication Date Aug 14, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 26, 2023
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Edition 1
Book Title Responses to Naturalism: Critical Perspectives from Idealism and Pragmatism
Chapter Number 6
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