3. Explanation in science
10. What is metaphysics?
Now that we have looked at some of the main questions discussed in metaphysics, we are in a better informed position to answer the question of what metaphysics is. Metaphysics is the activity we have been doing in the previous nine chapters. Having engaged in it, we are in a better position to understand it.
5. Modern Times I: The Christian Kabbalah
5. Science and philosophy
J. Allan Hobson
Why did the analysis of dream content fail to become a science?
, most dream theorists preferred to focus on content. Impressed with the apparent unintelligibility of dreams, these theorists assumed that there was a rebus, or transformational set of rules (algorithm), which presented the deeper meanings of the dream in disguised symbolic, metaphorical, and sensory terms. Interpretation has always been the main goal of content analysis, whether for medical diagnosis (in the hands of the early Greeks), fortune telling (in the work of Artemidorus), religious prophecy (in the Bible), or psychological divinations (in the proto-scientific schema of Sigmund