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[In his 1959 book My Philosophical Development Bertrand Russell makes it clear that the anti-metaphysics of Hume is very much alive in modern philosophy. Russell also draws attention, in his inimitable way, to its implausibility.]

The accusation of metaphysics has become in philosophy something like the accusation of being a security risk in the public service. I do not for my part know what is meant by the word ‘metaphysics.’ The only definition I have found that fits all cases is: ‘a philosophical opinion not held by the present author.’

Bertrand Russell

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