Metaphysics and sufficient reason

I just realized today, or perhaps the thought simply became clearer to me today, that the whole project of classical metaphysics is one of trying to account for phenomena by appeal to noumena. However, the inference from one to the other is based on the Principle of Sufficient Reason; we want to know what explains the phenomena, or that which is the sufficient explanation of the phenomena, and that question cannot be answered without an appeal to the vocabulary of a phenomena-noumena distinction. That distinction, however, is unintelligible without the presumption of the need to sufficiently explain phenomena. Therefore, the Metaphysical realist is simply somebody who accepts the grammar of contingency, and that legitimises (perhaps even intelligibi-lizes) the project of metaphysics construed as the search for that which exists and underlies or sufficiently explains phenomena.


About tylerjourneaux

I am an aspiring Catholic theologian and philosopher, and I have a keen interest in apologetics. I am creating this blog both in order to practice and improve my writing and memory retention as I publish my thoughts, and in order to give evidence of my ability to understand and communicate thoughts on topics pertinent to Theology, Philosophy, philosophical theology, Catholic (Christian) Apologetics, philosophy of religion and textual criticism.
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