Book Club: Scientific Metaphysics, 2, What prospects for a naturalized metaphysics?

[image: part of a bookshelf containing books by Aristotle, Wikimedia; this is essay #318 in the “Philosophy as a Way of Life” series]

There are two types of metaphysics in contemporary philosophy: analytic, sometimes referred to as first philosophy, and naturalized, or “scientific.” A volume entitled Scientific Metaphysics, edited by my colleagues Don Ross, James Ladyman, and Harold Kincaid, attempts to make the case that analytic metaphysics is pretty much a waste of time, and…