7) My main claim is that their dispute makes manifest a significant tension between two important strands in McDowell's thought: his quietist nonfoundationalism, on the one hand, and, at least in this significant public dispute with Dreyfus, what amounts to a tacit commitment to a kind of descriptive metaphysics of rationality and intelligibility, on the other.
This (perhaps tacit) descriptive metaphysics rests on a requirement that a certain set of terms from the philosophical tradition not only can be used to talk about rationality and the intelligibility of the world (that is simply part of McDowell's project of rehabilitating those terms), but that these things necessarily must be described using a special vocabulary that denotes precisely the right concepts.
Rescher's point is that descriptive metaphysics
is logically presupposed to the revisionist sort.
Hodgson therefore avails himself of the second strategy employed by libertarians: ontologically spare but largely negative descriptive metaphysics
Strawson's distinction between descriptive metaphysics and revisionist metaphysics.
In Strawson's memorable phrase, "Revisionary metaphysics is at the service of descriptive metaphysics.
Philosophical anthropology, as Hacker (5-11) conceives it, is a descriptive metaphysics
of the human: it is 'an investigation into the conceptual scheme in terms of which we describe ourselves and our complex moral and social relationships, give expression to our inner life, explain, justify or excuse the thoughts, feelings and actions of human beings' (10-11).
Thus, while it is interesting to compare Sartre's phenomenological ontology to Strawson's descriptive metaphysics
, and while this may have the effect of bringing Sartre's views to the attention of philosophers specializing in the analytic tradition, it would be more beneficial to engage the problems of Sartre's phenomenology addressed by other contemporary philosophers.
00--In Collingwood and the Metaphysics of Experience, Guiseppina D'Oro gives a compelling case for the position that Collingwood's philosophical project is a form of descriptive metaphysics
in the Kantian critical mode.
, whose task is to find out what ordinary folk prephilosophically take there to be, is illuminated by results in perceptual psychology and the psychology of thought.