Volume 17 · Number 3 · Pages 270–273
Inductive Metaphysics and Goodman’s Starmaking Constructivism

Ansgar Seide

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Open peer commentary on the article “A Defence of Starmaking Constructivism: The Problem of Stuff” by Bin Liu. Abstract: Bin Liu defends a theory he calls “starmaking constructivism,” according to which all features of the world are constructed by us. I will first show that the general way Liu defends and argues for constructivism is strongly reminiscent of the tradition of inductive metaphysics, a tradition that emerged in the mid- and late 19th century and the early 20th century in Germany. I will then highlight an argument from this tradition against phenomenalism and for realism. Then I will argue that this argument is at least in part an objection that also applies to starmaking constructivism, thereby shifting the burden of arguing back to the constructivist’s side.


Seide A. (2022) Inductive metaphysics and goodman’s starmaking constructivism. Constructivist Foundations 17(3): 270–273. https://constructivist.info/17/3/270

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