Reduction, Explanation, and Realism

Hardcover | August 16, 1992

EditorDavid Charles, Kathleen Lennon

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What is reduction? Must all discussions of the mind, value, colour, biological organisms, and persons aim to reduce these to objects and properties that can be studied by more basic, physical science? Conversely, does failure to achieve a reduction undermine the legitimacy of higher levels ofdescription or explanation? In recent years philosophers have attempted to avoid these traditional alternatives by developing an account of higher-level phenomena which shows them to be grounded in, but not reducible to, basic physical objects and properties. The contributors to this volume examinethe motivations for such anti-reductionist views, and assess their coherence and success, in a number of different fields. Their essays constitute a unified discussion, into which the reader is led by an introductory chapter where the editors set out some of the central claims and questions.

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What is reduction? Must all discussions of the mind, value, colour, biological organisms, and persons aim to reduce these to objects and properties that can be studied by more basic, physical science? Conversely, does failure to achieve a reduction undermine the legitimacy of higher levels ofdescription or explanation? In recent years ...

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What is reduction? Must all discussions of the mind, value, colour, biological organisms, and persons aim to reduce these to objects and properties that can be studied by more basic, physical science? Conversely, does failure to achieve a reduction undermine the legitimacy of higher levels of description or explanation? In recent years...

David Charles is a Fellow in Philosophy at Oriel College in Oxford. Kathleen Lennon is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Hull.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:488 pages, 0.85 × 0.55 × 1.46 inPublished:August 16, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`The essays are largely nontechnical and accessible to advanced undergraduates. Recommended for any library supporting at least a major in philosophy of psychology.'Humanities