Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Aesthetics of Metaphysics

I recently wrote an essay on the metaphysics of aesthetics, but it might also be fun to flip that around. So, consider the following...

Datum: the world, as we experience it, makes no sense.

Possible Explanations:
1) The world in itself makes no sense, and our experiences portray it accurately.

2) The world fundamentally does make sense, but our experiences are systematically misleading.

Question: to what degree can the positions of individual metaphysicians (say on presentism vs. 4-Dism about time, etc.) be explained by a merely aesthetic preference for one of the above two stances?

Well, perhaps that's more a sociological question. I guess the aesthetic question is really which explanation is the more pleasing. Opinions, anyone?


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