Back to the question of ontology (and metaphysics)



Ontologia, Metafísica, Metaontologia, Metametafísica, Naturalismo


We articulate a distinction between ontology, understood as involving existence questions, and metaphysics, understood as either providing for metaphysical profiles of entities or else as dealing with fundamentality and/or grounding and dependence questions. The distinction, we argue, allows a better understanding of the roles of metaontology and metametaphysics when it comes to discussing the relations between ontology and science on the one hand, and metaphysics and science on the other. We argue that while ontology, as understood in this paper, may have reasonable perspectives for naturalization, given its relation to science, the same cannot be said for metaphysics, given that it is typically understood as an additional theoretical layer over science, not participating in the scientific investigation. That may result either in skepticism over metaphysics, or else on accepting that metaphysics is an autonomous branch of investigation, depending on one’s concern for metaphysics.


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Biografia do Autor

Jonas Rafael Becker Arenhart, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

 Doutorado em Filosofia pela Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. Professor Associado do Departamento de Filosofia pela Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. Florianópolis, S.C. Brasil.

Raoni Wohnrath Arroyo, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Doutorado em Filosodia pela Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina.


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ARENHART, J. R. B. .; ARROYO, R. W. Back to the question of ontology (and metaphysics). Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 44, n. 2, p. 1–51, 2021. Disponível em: Acesso em: 30 set. 2022.




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