A History of Anti-metaphysics

  • Joseph Agassi
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 401)


The hostility to metaphysics began as the hostility to scholastic metaphysics and to that of Aristotle. It rested on Bacon’s doctrine of prejudice that led to the recommendation never to advocate an unproven theory: make no hypothesis. The hostility was thus to the speculative method of metaphysics. Russell’s hostility was to Plato’s metaphysics and Wittgenstein’s was more general.


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  • Joseph Agassi
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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