Metaphysics and Science

Hardcover | July 6, 2013

EditorStephen Mumford, Matthew Tugby

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Metaphysics and Science brings together important new work within an emerging philosophical discipline: the metaphysics of science. In the opening chapter, a definition of the metaphysics of science is offered, one which explains why the topics of laws, causation, natural kinds, and emergenceare at the discipline's heart. The book is then divided into four sections, which group together papers from leading academics on each of those four topics.Among the questions discussed are: How are laws and measurement methods related? Can a satisfactory reductive account of laws be given? How can Lorentz transformation laws be explained? How are dispositions triggered? What role should dispositional properties play in our understanding of causation?Are natural kinds and natural properties distinct? How is the Kripke-Putnam semantics for natural kind terms related to the natural kind essentialist thesis? What would have to be the case for natural kind terms to have determinate reference? What bearing, if any, does nonlinearity in science haveon the issue of metaphysical emergence? This collection will be of interest to philosophers, scientists and post-graduates working on problems at the intersection of metaphysics and science.

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Metaphysics and Science brings together important new work within an emerging philosophical discipline: the metaphysics of science. In the opening chapter, a definition of the metaphysics of science is offered, one which explains why the topics of laws, causation, natural kinds, and emergenceare at the discipline's heart. The book is t...

Stephen Mumford is Professor of Metaphysics in the Department of Philosophy and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is the author of Dispositions (OUP, 1998), Russell on Metaphysics (Routledge, 2003), Laws in Nature (Routledge, 2004), David Armstrong (Acumen, 2007), Watching Sport: Aesthetics, Ethics and...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:236 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:July 6, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Stephen Mumford and Matthew Tugby: What is the Metaphysics of Science?Part I: Laws2. John Roberts: Measurement, Laws, and Counterfactuals3. Jim Woodward: Laws, Causes, and Invariance4. Marc Lange: How to Explain the Lorentz TransformationsPart II: Dispositions and Causes5. Andreas Huttemann: A Disposition-based Process-theory of Causation6. Jennifer McKitrick: How to Activate a PowerPart III: Natural Kinds7. Helen Beebee: How to Carve Across the Joint in Nature without Abandoning Kripke-Putnam Semantics8. Emma Tobin: Are Natural Kinds and Natural Properties Distinct?9. Laurie Paul: Realism about Structures and KindsPart IV: Emergence10. Jessica Wilson: Nonlinearity and Metaphysical EmergenceIndex