What's Wrong With Microphysicalism?

What's Wrong With Microphysicalism?

by Andreas Huttemann
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415327946

ISBN-13: 9780415327947

Pub. Date: 02/20/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

'Microphysicalism', the view that whole objects behave the way they do in virtue of the behaviour of their constituent parts, is an influential contemporary view with a long philosophical and scientific heritage. In What's Wrong With Microphysicalism? Andreas Hüttemann offers a fresh challenge to this view.

Hüttemann agrees with the

Overview

'Microphysicalism', the view that whole objects behave the way they do in virtue of the behaviour of their constituent parts, is an influential contemporary view with a long philosophical and scientific heritage. In What's Wrong With Microphysicalism? Andreas Hüttemann offers a fresh challenge to this view.

Hüttemann agrees with the microphysicalists that we can explain compound systems by explaining their parts, but claims that this does not entail a fundamentalism that gives hegemony to the micro-level. At most, it shows that there is a relationship of determination between parts and wholes, but there is no justification for taking this relationship to be asymmetrical rather than one of mutual dependence. Hüttemann argues that if this is the case, then microphysicalists have no right to claim that the micro-level is the ultimate agent: neither the parts nor the whole have 'ontological priority'. Hüttemann advocates a pragmatic pluralism, allowing for different ways to describe nature.

What's Wrong With Microphysicalism? is a convincing and original contribution to central issues in contemporary philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and metaphysics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415327947
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/20/2004
Series:
International Library of Philosophy Series
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile:
1250L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Microphysicalism
2. Laws of nature
3. Micro-explanation
4. What is the Issue?
5. Micro-determination
6. Micro-government and the laws of the special sciences
7. Micro-causation
8. Microphysicalism, physicalism, and pluralism

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