Volume 16 · Number 2 · Pages 156–159
Bracketing the Metaphysical Attitude

Urban Kordeš

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Open peer commentary on the article “The Tangled Dialectic of Body and Consciousness: A Metaphysical Counterpart of Radical Neurophenomenology” by Michel Bitbol. Abstract: Michel Bitbol offers a well-thought-out system of metaphysical coordinates. Despite the elegance and soundness of the proposed system, I nevertheless have concerns about the very need for a tailor-made metaphysics for the area of neurophenomenological research. I see two main issues with focusing on metaphysics at the present stage of development of phenomenology-based empirical research: (a) For a fruitful investigation of consciousness, it is necessary that the elements that are epistemically accessible be clearly and distinctly separate from metaphysical speculations; (b) Most of what used to belong to the realm of the metaphysical can be empirically examined. Rather than focusing on metaphysics, I propose an opposite course of action: bracketing the desire for metaphysical construction, and instead focusing on an examination of epistemological characteristics of non-trivial research domains.


Kordeš U. (2021) Bracketing the metaphysical attitude. Constructivist Foundations 16(2): 156–159. https://constructivist.info/16/2/156

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