The Problem of the Method of Metaphysics


  • Juan José Sanguineti Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, Facoltà di Filosofia


Philosophy, Metaphysics, Sciences, Method, Understanding, Object, Question, Basic ontological experience, First Principles, Intellectual habits


This paper addresses the problem of the method in philosophy and metaphysics and tries to solve it by stressing their distinction regarding scientific methods, as well as the importance of the ontological insight inherent to the common understanding of the first principles (noûs). I describe an “epistemic interactive triangle” as a set of relations between common understanding, sciences, and philosophy. Previously to any rational procedure, any philosophical thought starts from some ontological and habitual understanding coherent with the object of philosophy. This understanding transforms ‘noûs’ into wisdom. The correct way to the metaphysical insight is descriptive as well as normative, granted one tries to preserve the genuine character of philosophy suggested and controlled by noûs.



How to Cite

Sanguineti, Juan José. “The Problem of the Method of Metaphysics”. Acta Philosophica 23, no. 2 (September 30, 2014): 189–202. Accessed April 16, 2024.



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