A.W. Moore , The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics: Making Sense of Things . Reviewed by

Philosophy in Review 34 (3-4):129-131 (2014)

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Moore argues as follows: (1) "Metaphysics is the most general attempt to make sense of things." (1) (2) "Because of its generality, metaphysics is the one branch of philosophy that is not the philosophy of this or that specific area of human thought or experience. It is 'pure' philosophy." (8) (3) It is "a fundamentally creative exercise." (17) Against Moore, I argue that it is rather philosophy that is the most general attempt to make sense of things. Alternatively, and in my view preferably, Moore might have argued as follows: (1) 'Pure' philosophy is the most general attempt to make sense of things. (2) Because of its generality, it is not concerned with this or that area of human thought or experience. (3) It is a fundamentally uncreative exercise.

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