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Single Idea 20351

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 3. Metaphysical Systems]

Full Idea

Metaphysics makes system a virtue, contrary to the tendency of analysis, which breaks a problem into ever finer parts and then absorbs itself in these.

Gist of Idea

Metaphysics needs systems, because analysis just obsesses over details


John Richardson (Nietzsche's System [2002], Intro)

Book Reference

Richardson,John: 'Nietzsche's System' [OUP 2002], p.7

A Reaction

I disagree, because it seems to rule out analytic metaphysics. I prefer Bertrand Russell's view. Admittedly analysis oftens gets stuck in the bog, especially if it hopes for salvation in logic, only to discover its certainties endlessly receding.

Related Idea

Idea 6118 Philosophy is logical analysis, followed by synthesis [Russell]