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Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie

Zweimonatsschrift der internationalen philosophischen Forschung

Ed. by Demmerling, Christoph / Esser, Andrea Marlen / Krüger, Hans-Peter / Menke, Christoph

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Volume 67, Issue 1


Das metaphysische Unternehmen

Sebastian Rödl
Published Online: 2019-03-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/dzph-2019-0007


In Barry Stroud’s book Engagement and Metaphysical Dissatisfaction, the eponymous dissatisfaction is said to be due to our inability to obtain certainty about the correspondence between the world and our ways of thinking it. In Stroud’s terms, this dissatisfaction is caused by the failure of the metaphysical enterprise. Beginning with Aristotle’s metaphysics, this paper discusses Stroud’s misunderstanding which stems from his particular construal of the object of metaphysics: There is no metaphysical enterprise and thus, there can be no metaphysical dissatisfaction.

Keywords: metaphysics; metaphysical enterprise; Barry Stroud; Aristotle


  • Aristoteles, Metaphysik [metaph.].

  • Stroud, B. (2011), Engagement and Metaphysical Dissatisfaction. Modality and Value, Oxford.Google Scholar

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Published Online: 2019-03-08

Published in Print: 2019-03-05

Citation Information: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Volume 67, Issue 1, Pages 98–117, ISSN (Online) 2192-1482, ISSN (Print) 0012-1045, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/dzph-2019-0007.

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