Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Epistemology, Explanation, Justification, Metaphysics, Methodology, Naturalism
Arts and Humanities
In my dissertation, I focus primarily on the justification for beliefs in the sorts of propositions that are the focus of scrutiny and debate in contemporary analytic metaphysics. I develop a theory of justification that revolves around the explanatory fit between a metaphysical theory and its evidence. I go on to defend the view that beliefs in contemporary analytic metaphysics are justified against skeptics, many of whom identify with the logical empiricist tradition. Finally, I offer some suggestions as to how metaphysics as a discipline can progress by examining the methodology of metaphysics and arguing how empirical work can potentially move metaphysics forward.
Lee, James Soo, "A Metaphysician's User Guide: The Epistemology of Metaphysics" (2017). Dissertations - ALL. 765.