Book 

The Politics of Metaphysics

(2022, Palgrave MacMillan)

Abstract

 
 
 
 
 

Since immemorial times, persons have been engaged in disputes in metaphysics. This book reacts to this fact by supporting five theses. Thesis 1 is that disputes are micro-wars that have a significant social importance; they involve conflicting parties who may resort to some kind of violence and depend on normative factors. Thesis 2 is that disputes can be approached from right-wing or left-wing stances. Thesis 3 is that the grounds for endorsing an approach to a dispute are problematic starting points that may be rationally rejected. Thesis 4 is that disputes have an incommensurable greatness. Thesis 5 is that right-wing approaches to disputes may be less appealing than the left-wing one championed by the book for those who endorse that one is to avoid expressing “subtle” violence. This is the violence expressed by those who suggest that others who disagree with one’s criteria to deal with disputes fall short of logos or act as if such others did not exist.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Introduction

PART 1: THE RIGHT-WING APPROACH  

 

Chapter 2

The Properly Dogmatic "Subtle" Violence

Chapter 3

The Pseudo Non-Dogmatic "Subtle" Violence

PART 2: THE LEFT-WING APPROACH

Chapter 4

Nietzsche vs. Carnap

Chapter 5 

Friedrich Carnap: Rudolf Nietzsche

Chapter 6 

Beyond Nietzsche and Carnap

Chapter 7

Conclusion