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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
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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