Nature and Understanding: The Metaphysics and Method of Science

Paperback | July 8, 2003

byNicholas Rescher

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Nature and Understanding explores the prospect of looking from a scientific point of view at such central ideas of traditional metaphysics as the simplicity of nature, its comprehensibility, or its systematic integrity. Rescher seeks to describe - in a way accessible to philosophers andnonphilosophers alike - the metaphysical situation that characterizes the process of inquiry in natural science. His principal aim is to see what light can be shed on reality by examining the modus operandi of natural science itself, focusing as much on its findings as on its conceptual andmethodological presuppositions. This is the culmination of many years of penetrating work in this area of philosophy by one of its most eminent exponents. It is the definitive presentation of some of Rescher's key ideas.

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Nature and Understanding explores the prospect of looking from a scientific point of view at such central ideas of traditional metaphysics as the simplicity of nature, its comprehensibility, or its systematic integrity. Rescher seeks to describe - in a way accessible to philosophers andnonphilosophers alike - the metaphysical situation...

Nicholas Rescher is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. Author of more than eighty works ranging over many areas of philosophy, he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Prize for Humanistic Scholarship in 1984.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.44 inPublished:July 8, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Metaphysical Principles in Erotetic Perspective1. The Systematicity of Nature2. The Complexity of Nature and the Cognitive Inexhaustibility of Things3. Order in Nature, Multifaceted Reality, and Contextualistic Realism4. The Price of an Ultimate Theory5. Ramifications of Realism6. Intimations of Idealism7. The Intelligibility of Nature8. Optimalism and Axiological MetaphysicsBibliography, Index