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Metaphysics in Science

Alice Drewery (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-4514-5
124 pages
June 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book presents work at the forefront of scholarly debate about the relevance of substantial metaphysical theories to science.
  • Responds in particular to recent publications by Brian Ellis on scientific essentialism, especially on the topics of laws, natural kinds and realism.
  • Contains a new paper by Brian Ellis, commentary and criticism from philosophers on Ellis’s work, and a reply by Ellis to his critics.
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    1. Physical Realism: Brian Ellis.

    2. Scientific Realism and Metaphysics: Stathis Psillos.

    3. Kinds and Essences: John Heil.

    4. Kinds, Essences and Powers: Stephen Mumford.

    5. Laws and Essences: Alexander Bird.

    6. Universals, the Essential Problem and Categorical Properties: Brian Ellis

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    Alice Drewery is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Reading, and the author of articles on philosophy of science, philosophy of language and metaphysics. She is a member of the committee of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, and an associate editor of the journal Ratio.
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    • A collection of original papers by philosophers whose work is at the forefront of debate about the relevance of substantial metaphysical theories to science.
    • Responds in particular to recent publications by Brian Ellis on scientific essentialism, especially on the topics of laws, natural kinds and realism.
    • Contains a new paper by Brian Ellis, commentary and criticism from philosophers on Ellis’s work, and a reply by Ellis to his critics.
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