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[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 1. Nature of Metaphysics]

Full Idea

The methodology of metaphysics... is that of arguing to the simplest explanation, without regard to testability.

Gist of Idea

Metaphysics aims at the simplest explanation, without regard to testability


Brian Ellis (The Metaphysics of Scientific Realism [2009], 1)

Book Reference

Ellis,Brian: 'The Metaphysics of Scientific Realism' [Acument 2009], p.18

A Reaction

I love that! I'd be a bit cautious about 'simplest', since 'everything is the output of an ineffable God' is beautifully simple, and brings the whole discussion to a halt. I certainly think metaphysics goes deeper than testing. String Theory?