The Place of Metaphysics in Human Thought


  • Alo Franklin Chibuzor Department of Philosophy, Federal University Wukari, Nigeria


Indeed, metaphysics has been beset with criticisms. The justification for
these criticisms basically bother on the strong conviction among some
philosophers that it delves deep into the nature of transcendental reality.
This has remained the consistent postulation of Alfred Ayer. Ayer for
instance rejects the entire metaphysical enterprise on the grounds that
they are mere speculative conjectures that are meaningless since they
cannot be empirically verified. Some other philosophers like deRosset in
his Priority Theory, conceives of metaphysics as what explains what
instead of what merely exists. Others too like Stephan Korner, see
metaphysics as the principle which determines a person's conception of
logical consistency and of course, his logical deducibility, together with
other supreme principles which constitute the standards of cognitive
rationality. This seems to create a dilemma among philosophers such
that a quite good number of them often question the place of metaphysics
in human thought. It is on this note that this paper attempts to project and
defend the place of metaphysics in human thought. The paper adopts the
analytical method to show that as man broadens and expands his
knowledge, he organizes his beliefs in certain ways resulting in the
acceptance of certain principles which constitute what Stephan Korner
calls “categorial frameworks” – the supreme logico-psychological
principles that consistently and rationally guide the behavioural pattern
of one's conviction, beliefs, and values which is inherently dynamic.


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