Aristotle's Revenge: The Metaphysical Foundations of Physical and Biological Science

Aristotle's Revenge: The Metaphysical Foundations of Physical and Biological Science

by Edward Feser


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Actuality and potentiality, substantial form and prime matter, efficient causality and teleology are among the fundamental concepts of Aristotelian philosophy of nature. Aristotle's Revenge argues that these concepts are not only compatible with modern science, but are implicitly presupposed by modern science.

Among the many topics covered are:

• The metaphysical presuppositions of scientific method.

• The status of scientific realism
• The metaphysics of space and time.
• The metaphysics of quantum mechanics.
• Reductionism in chemistry and biology.
• The metaphysics of evolution.
• Neuroscientific reductionism.

The book interacts heavily with the literature on these issues in contemporary analytic metaphysics and philosophy of science, so as to bring contemporary philosophy and science into dialogue with the Aristotelian tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783868382006
Publisher: Editiones Scholasticae, Germany
Publication date: 12/01/2018
Pages: 515
Sales rank: 153,814
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Edward Feser is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California, USA. His many books include Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction, Aquinas, and the edited volume Aristotle on Method and Metaphysics.

Table of Contents

1. Two philosophies of nature 2. The scientist and scientific method 3. Science and reality 4. Space, time, and motion 5. The philosophy of matter 6. Animate nature

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