Scientific Metaphysics

Paperback | June 7, 2015

EditorDon Ross, James Ladyman, Harold Kincaid

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Scientific Metaphysics collects original essays by some of the world's leading philosophers of science on the question of whether metaphysics can and should be naturalized - that is, conducted as a part of natural science. Some people will think that the idea of naturalized metaphysics is acontradiction in terms, on the grounds that metaphysics is by definition about matters that transcend the domain of empirical inquiry. Most of the authors here disagree, and hold that if metaphysics is to hold out any prospect of identifying objective truths, it must be continuous with and inspiredby science. Many go further, and argue that it should be conducted in such a way as to be of some positive use to science. But beyond this each contributor differs with one another on numerous points of detail and emphasis. The essays presented here offer various points of view on the relationship between naturalized metaphysics, more traditional forms of metaphysics, and the wider history of philosophy. The discussions are rich in examples drawn from across the sciences: physics, biology, economics, psychology andothers. Several chapters explore new ideas about the complex relationships between metaphysics, physics, and mathematics. At stake, in the end, is the question of whether metaphysics should give way to science and disappear from contemporary inquiry, or continue as an activity that unifies theparticular sciences into a single naturalistic worldview.

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Scientific Metaphysics collects original essays by some of the world's leading philosophers of science on the question of whether metaphysics can and should be naturalized - that is, conducted as a part of natural science. Some people will think that the idea of naturalized metaphysics is acontradiction in terms, on the grounds that me...

Don Ross is Professor of Economics and Dean of Commerce at the University of Cape Town, and Research Fellow in the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk at Georgia State University. He holds a PhD in Philosophy. His current research areas are economic methodology, the experimental economics of impulsive consumption (e.g. addiction)...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.56 inPublished:June 7, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Harold Kincaid: Introduction: Pursuing a Naturalist Metaphysics2. Anjan Chakravartty: On The Prospects Of Naturalized Metaphysics3. Paul Humphreys: Scientific Ontology and Speculative Ontology4. Andrew Melnyk: Can Metaphysics Be Naturalized? And If So, How?5. Daniel C. Dennett: Kinds of Things-Towards a Bestiary of the Manifest Image6. James Ladyman and Don Ross: The World in the Data7. Mark Wilson: What Can Contemporary Philosophy Learn from Our 'Scientific Philosophy' Heritage?8. Michael Friedman: Neo-Kantianism, Scientific Realism, and Modern Physics9. Mark Wilson: Some Remarks on 'Naturalism' as We Now Have it10. Jenann Ismael: Causation, Free Will, and Naturalism