Beyond metaphysics? : explorations in Alfred North by Roland Faber; Brian G Henning; Clinton Combs

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And the less pains we take with it the more crudely metaphysical it will be” (Peirce 1992, 108). Wonder conspires with the exigency for an orientation toward the world to propel us toward framing some vision of the cosmos, however crude and unacknowledged. 3 The exercise of our agency compels us to frame some account of the spheres of our engagements and endeavors. Thus, the task and renewal of speculative thought is inescapable. Moreover, such renewal needs itself to be renewed. My philosophical thesis is just this.

It is a group of adventure, of speculation, of search for new ideas. To be a 24 2. 3. 4. 5. VINCENT COLAPIETRO philosopher is to make some humble approach to the main characteristics of this group of men” (MT 174). As boldly speculative as each one of these philoso phers, he was also humble before the disclosures of reality in and through expe rience. In “The Nonspeculative Basis of Metaphysics,” Edward Pols argues: “Theory especially scientific theory is of immense importance in human affairs: there are, after all, so many things that we can know only indirectly.

But why exercise this contested capacity, especially when other pressing intellectual tasks abound, why (to state the matter even more polemically) indulge our theoretical fancy? C. S. Peirce goes so far as to suggest that “metaphysics is the Paris of the intellect: no sooner do the most scrupulously severe reasoners find their feet on this ground than they give the loosest reins of license to their logic” (Peirce 1979, 182). But he also insists: “Whether we have an antimetaphysical metaphysics or a pro-metaphysical metaphysics, a metaphysics we are sure to have.

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