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Metaphysics And The Architecture Of Knowledge

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This chapter begins by considering the status of metaphysics and metaphysical schemes. It suggests that the reason for metaphysics having fallen out of favour is that it is thought to block the way of inquiry, either by basing itself on a priori assumptions around which the rest of the totality of knowledge must be organized, or by adopting an authoritarianism whereby every area of inquiry is made subservient to an overarching metaphysical structure. The chapter outlines Peirce's approach to metaphysics and shows how his understanding of 'the architecture of theories' avoids a priori-ism and authoritarianism. It considers the relation between the author's proposal and the enterprise of 'natural theology'. The chapter outlines the structure of what Peirce called the 'neglected argument' for the reality of God. It introduces Peirce's notion of 'musement', the practice of playful meditation on the categories as they present themselves in the everyday patterns of experience.

Keywords: metaphysics; natural theology; Peirce

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