Metaphysics as Essentially Imaginative and Aiming at Understanding

American Philosophical Quarterly 60 (1):83-97 (2023)
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I explore the view that metaphysics is essentially imaginative. I argue that the central goal of metaphysics on this view is understanding, not truth. Metaphysics-as-essentially-imaginative provides novel answers to challenges to both the value and epistemic status of metaphysics.

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Michaela McSweeney
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