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Properties, Powers and Structures: Issues in the Metaphysics of Realism
     

Properties, Powers and Structures: Issues in the Metaphysics of Realism

by Alexander Bird (Editor), Brian Ellis (Editor), Howard Sankey (Editor)
 

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While "metaphysics of science" is a phrase that has been used from time to time, it has only recently been used to denote a specific research area where metaphysics meets philosophy of science and the sciences themselves. The purpose of this volume is to bring together essays by researchers that demonstrate that metaphysics of science is a field of research in its

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While "metaphysics of science" is a phrase that has been used from time to time, it has only recently been used to denote a specific research area where metaphysics meets philosophy of science and the sciences themselves. The purpose of this volume is to bring together essays by researchers that demonstrate that metaphysics of science is a field of research in its own right which is at the forefront of innovative ideas in philosophy. The principle areas covered are:

  • The modal metaphysics of properties: What is the essential nature of natural properties? Are all properties essentially categorical? Are they all essentially dispositions, or are some categorical and others dispositional?
  • Realism in mathematics and its relation to science: What does a naturalistic commitment of scientific realism tell us about our commitments to mathematical entities? Can this question be framed in something other than a Quinean philosophy?
  • Dispositions and their relation to causation: Can we generate an account of causation that takes dispositionality as fundamental? And if we take dispositions as fundamental (and hence not having a categorical causal basis), what is the ontological ground of dispositions?
  • Pandispositionalism: Could all properties be dispositional in nature?
  • Natural kinds: Are there natural kinds, and if so what account of their nature should we give? For example, do they have essences? Here we consider how these issues may be illuminated by considering examples from reals science, in particular biochemistry and neurobiology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415895354
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/11/2012
Series:
Routledge Studies in Metaphysics Series , #5
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Alexander Bird is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol.

Brian Ellis is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at La Trobe University and Professorial Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne.

Howard Sankey is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne.

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