cladking wrote:Science is founded on metaphysics by definition. It is a very simple metaphysics but it is the way science works and it doesn't work (or at least has not been shown to work) outside of this metaphysics. Science is euclidean geometry and observation > experiment. It is the results of previous experiment. "Scientific method" is certainly an important part of the metaphysics.Ginkgo wrote:cladking
Science does not function through metaphysics, it functions through the scientific method. So yes you are correct when you say you are looking at science through a perspective out side of science. That perspective is a metaphysical perspective.
Metaphysics can use observation to explain the way the world is (metaphysical ontological conclusion) but it can't do experiments to prove these conclusions. Can you come up with an experiment to test the essences of being? Can you come up with an experiment to test a final cause? Can you come up with an experiment to test substance dualism?
Observation and natural logic is most probably a perfectly viable metaphysics. It is the vantage from which I'm trying to see modern science. There is no "experiment" per se at this vantage but I can still step out and perform an experiment at will. I can still apply any knowledge gained to better use this vantage point.
Science was founded on metaphysics, it was called natural science up until about the time of Newton.
Science was once based on Euclidean geometry; modern scientific theories now deal in a variety of non-Euclidean geometries.
Yes, you can do metaphysics as many people do.