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Single Idea 13567

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 4. Metaphysics as Science]

Full Idea

A good ontology should provide insight into, or offer some kind of explanation of, the salient general features of the world that has been revealed to us by science.

Gist of Idea

Ontology should give insight into or an explanation of the world revealed by science


Brian Ellis (Scientific Essentialism [2001], Intro)

Book Reference

Ellis,Brian: 'Scientific Essentialism' [CUP 2007], p.8

A Reaction

I think I agree with this. The difficulty is that the most fundamental level revealed by science is a quantum one, so if you take a reductionist view then your ontology is both crazy, and resting on things which are not understood.