Los metaf|sicos de Tl o« n no buscan la verdad ni siquiera la verosimilitud:
buscan el asombro. Juzgan que la metaf|sica es una
rama de la literatura fanta stica. The metaphysicians
of Tlo« n do not seek for the truth or even for
verisimilitude, but rather for the astounding. They judge that metaphysics
is a branch of fantastic literature. Jorge Luis Borges Ficciones,'Tlo« n, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius' (1963).
Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what we believe upon
instinct, but to find these reasons is no less an instinct. Francis Herbert Bradley Appearance and Reality, preface.
Coleridge, too, has lately taken wing, But, like a hawk
encumbered with his hood, Explaining
metaphysics to the nation I wished he would
explain his explanation. Rochdale ^24 Don Juan, canto1, dedication, stanza 2.
When we run
over libraries, persuaded of these principles, what
havoc must we make? If we take in our hand any volume; of
divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us
ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning
concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any
experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact or
existence? No.Commit itthen tothe flames: for it can contain
nothing but sophistry and illusion. David Hume An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding,
Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to
thinkclearly. William James The Principles of Psychology, ch.6.
The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly
greater than that of any otheranimals. Some of their most
esteemed inventions have no other apparent purpose,
for example, the dinner party of more than two, the epic
poem, and thescience of metaphysics. H(enry) L(ouis) Mencken 'Minority Report'.
Collected in Notebooks (1956).
Science cannot exist without some small portion of metaphysics. Max Karl Ernst Planck The Universe in the Light of Modern Physics, ch.7.