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Mooreanism in Metaphysics from Mooreanism in Physics

Nina Emery

Philosopher’s Holiday Lecture Series
Jamie Greenberg Memorial Lecture

by Nina Emery
Mt. Holyoke College

Thursday, October 26, 2017
5:30pm
Rockefeller Hall 200

Is the fact that the world appears to contain entities of a certain type, a reason to include entities of that type in our ontology? According to a Moorean about metaphysics, the answer is “yes”. According to most scientifically-informed philosophers, the answer is “no”. I side with the Moorean. A certain version of Mooreanism plays an important role in standard scientific practice. As a result, I argue, we ought to adopt this version of Mooreanism about metaphysics as well.

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