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[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 6. Metaphysics as Conceptual]

Full Idea

Leibniz, Reid, Brentano and others have held that, by considering certain obvious facts about ourselves, we can arrive at an understanding of the general principles of metaphysics. The present book is intended to confirm that view.

Gist of Idea

Many philosophers aim to understand metaphysics by studying ourselves


Roderick Chisholm (Person and Object [1976], Intro 1)

Book Reference

Chisholm,Roderick: 'Person and Object' [Open Court 1976], p.15

A Reaction

I sympathise, but don't really agree. I see metaphysics as a process of filtering ourselves out of the picture, leaving an account of how things actually are.