Nature's Metaphysics: Laws and Properties by Alexander BirdNature's Metaphysics: Laws and Properties by Alexander Bird

Nature's Metaphysics: Laws and Properties

byAlexander Bird

Paperback | October 15, 2009

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Nature's Metaphysics argues that a satisfactory philosophy of science requires a metaphysics that is based on the understanding that natural properties are essentially dispositional. Alexander Bird develops a dispositional essentialist account of the laws of nature, defending the claim thatlaws are metaphysically necessary. Professional philosophers and advanced students working in metaphysics and the philosophy of science will find this book both provocative and stimulating.
Alexander Bird is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol.
Title:Nature's Metaphysics: Laws and PropertiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pagesPublished:October 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199573115

ISBN - 13:9780199573110

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction - laws and properties2. Dispositions3. Dispositional essentialism and the laws of nature4. Categoricalism5. Dispositional essentialism, modality, and intentionality6. The regress objection7. Structural properties8. The illusion of nomic contingency9. Are there any laws, and if so what are they?10. Concluding remarksReferences

Editorial Reviews

"This is a rewarding book. In terms of area, it has one foot firmly planted in metaphysics and the other just as firmly set in the philosophy of science. Nature's Metaphysics is distinctive for its thorough and detailed defense of fundamental, natural properties as essentially dispositionaland for its description of how these dispositional properties are thus suited to sustain the laws of nature as (metaphysically) necessary truths." --John W. Carroll, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews