Does Science License Metaphysics?

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Robus, Olin M.
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Naturalized metaphysicians defend the thesis that science licenses meta- physics, such that only metaphysical results that are based on the best science are to be considered legitimate. This view is problematic, due to the fact that the reasons they identify for such license are apparently self-defeating. Chakravartty (2013) defends a revised approach to understanding the licensing relation. I argue that the proposed response is a step forward on behalf of naturalizing metaphysics, but still does not take seriously the contention that science involves, inextricably, a contribution from the a priori. I conclude by considering what options the aspiring naturalized metaphysician is left with.