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Metaphysics in Science

Metaphysics in Science

Alice Drewery (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-14514-5

Jun 2006, Wiley-Blackwell

114 pages

Select type: Paperback

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$41.95

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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.
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


  • 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.