Natural Kinds, Laws of Nature and Scientific Methodology by Peter J. RiggsNatural Kinds, Laws of Nature and Scientific Methodology by Peter J. Riggs

Natural Kinds, Laws of Nature and Scientific Methodology

EditorPeter J. Riggs

Paperback | December 7, 2010

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The essays in this volume of the Australasian Studies in History and Philosophy of Science series are devoted to the subjects of natural kinds, scientific methodology and laws of nature. There is a multiplicity of interconnections to be found between the various issues that arise under these broad subjects. Examples of these issues include: the nature of physical laws; the basic entities that we can expect the world to consist of; the problem of induction; the aim(s) of science; the discovery of natural laws through scientific methods; natural necessity and its status; etc. Each contribution to this volume highlights one or more aspects of the interconnecting themes. Although natural kinds and their associated topics have been discussed elsewhere, the essays in this volume extend the scope of related issues and also offer new insight into some of the traditional problems in the philosophy of science.
Title:Natural Kinds, Laws of Nature and Scientific MethodologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:267 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.68 inPublished:December 7, 2010Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction: Natural Kinds and Other Assorted Concepts; P.J. Riggs. On the Necessity of Natural Kinds; J. Collier. Natural Kinds and Natural Kind Reasoning; B. Ellis. The Jerrybuilt House of Humeanism; C. Lierse. Physical Necessity and the Passage of Time; P. Forrest. Theorizing and Empirical Belief; F.J. Clendinnen. Indifference and Induction; L. O'Neill. Towards Metamethodology: For the History and Philosophy of Science; J. Fox. Elk Theories: A Galilean Strategy for Validating a New Scientific Discovery; N. Thomason. Of Crows and Quarks: Reflections on the Laws of Quantum Mechanics; A. Heathcote. Laws and States in Quantum Mechanics; J. Forge. Instrumental Theories: Possibilities and Space and Time; I. Hinckfuss. Spacetime or Quantum Particles: The Ontology of Quantum Gravity? P.J. Riggs. Comments on Lierse; D.M. Armstrong. Comments on Forge; A. Heathcote. Comments on Thomason; K. Hutchison. Index.