Strawson first introduced the phrase, "revisionary metaphysics" has been conceived (in opposition to "descriptive metaphysics
"), as a project concerned with producing a better structure of the world than "the actual structure of our thought about the world"; see Peter Strawson, Individuals: An Essay in Descriptive Metaphysics
(London: Metheun, 1959), p.
(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.
Pierce: Pragmatism, Logic, and Metaphysics') account of the pragmatism of Pierce, Claire Ortiz Hill's (Chapter 10, 'Georg Cantor's Paradise, Metaphysics, and Husserlian Logic') discussion of Cantor; and later analytic thinkers including Kevin Sharp's (Chapter 16, 'Wilfrid Sellars's Anti-Descriptivism') discussion of the naturalistic metaphysics of Sellars, Hans-Johann Glock's (Chapter 17, 'Strawson's Descriptive Metaphysics
') account of Strawson, and Keith Campbell's (Chapter 18, 'D.M.
Naishtat explains that Strawson's conception gives the question of personal an ontological turn, moving the focus on identity from introspection to the plane of a descriptive metaphysics
(the center is the basic entities that must be presupposed in order for any discourse that individualizes subjects of experience to be possible.
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
. He tries to blend an introspective analysis of free will with neuroscience and physics with a suggestion of something like libertarian control in the resulting mix, but without added ontological extravagance.
Strawson's distinction between descriptive metaphysics
and revisionist metaphysics.
their use is partly constitutive of what they can also be invoked to describe.' 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.
Strawson advocates a descriptive metaphysics
. Contrary to Kant, he believes that metaphysics should be "content to describe the actual structure of thought about the world," there is no need of postulating a world that lies beyond our grasp.
Cloth, $80.00--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.