Philosophical Studies 167 (1):165-181 (2014)

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Mary Beth Willard
Weber State University
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Sometimes metaphysicians appeal to simplicity as a reason to prefer one metaphysical theory to another, especially when a philosophical dispute has otherwise reached a state of equilibrium. In this paper, I show that given a Quinean conception of metaphysics, several initially plausible justifications for simplicity as a metaphysical criterion do not succeed. If philosophers wish to preserve simplicity as a metaphysical criterion, therefore, they must radically reconceive the project of metaphysics
Keywords Metaphysics  Ontology  Methodology  Metametaphysics  Simplicity
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