Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science: New Essays by MATTHEW SLATER

Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science: New Essays

EditorMATTHEW SLATER, Zanja Yudell

Hardcover | March 1, 2017

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The question of the proper role of metaphysics in philosophy of science is both significant and contentious. The last few decades have seen considerable engagement with philosophical projects aptly described as "the metaphysics of science:" inquiries into natural laws and properties, naturalkinds, causal relations, and dispositions. At the same time, many metaphysicians have begun moving in the direction of more scientifically-informed ("scientistic" or "naturalistic") metaphysics. And yet many philosophers of science retain a deep suspicion about the significance of metaphysicalinvestigations into science. This volume of new essays explores a broadly methodological question: what role should metaphysics play in our philosophizing about science? These new essays, written by leading philosophers of science, address this question both through ground-level investigations ofparticular issues in the metaphysics of science and by more general methodological inquiry.

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Matthew Slater is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bucknell University, having received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of Are Species Real? (Palgrave, 2013) and has co-edited such volumes as Carving Nature at its Joints, The Environment, and Reference and Referring (MIT Press) and writes on issues in the ph...

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Title:Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science: New EssaysFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019936320X

ISBN - 13:9780199363209

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