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The psychopathology of metaphysics: Depersonalization and the problem of reality

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According to a common philosophical intuition, the deep nature of things is hidden from us, and the world as we know it through perception and science is, just like a dream, shadows, or a computer simulation, somehow shallow and lacking in reality. This “intuition of unreality” clashes with a strong, but perhaps more naive, intuition to the effect that the world as we know it seems perfectly real. Shadows, dreams, or informational structures appear too unreal to be identical to the world as we know it! This clash between the two intuitions forms the basis of the “problem of reality.” In the late nineteenth century psychiatrists encountered patients they referred to as “metaphysician doubters” who constantly questioned the reality of the world. This essay draws on studies of these patients in order to reject, and indeed diagnose, the intuition of unreality and recent metaphysical doctrines drawing on it, such as structuralism, digitalism, and virtual realism.
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hal-04465558 , version 1 (19-02-2024)

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Alexandre Billon. The psychopathology of metaphysics: Depersonalization and the problem of reality. Metaphilosophy, In press, ⟨10.1111/meta.12666⟩. ⟨hal-04465558⟩
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