Cognitive metaphysics

Lieven Decock*

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In recent years philosophers have been interested in the methodology of metaphysics. Most of these developments are related to formal work in logic or physics, often against the backdrop of the Carnap-Quine debate on ontology. Drawing on Quine's later work, I argue that a psychological or cognitive perspective on metaphysical topics may be a valuable addition to contemporary metametaphysics. The method is illustrated by means of cognitive studies of the notions "identity," "vagueness," and "object" and is compared to other extant metametaphysical positions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1700
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Issue numberSeptember
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2018


  • Conceptual space
  • Identity
  • Metametaphysics
  • Object
  • Quine
  • Vagueness

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