Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science: New Essays

ISBN : 9780199363209

Matthew Slater; Zanja Yudell
272 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Apr 2017
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The question of the proper role of metaphysics in philosophy of science is both significant and contentious. The last few decades have seen considerable engagement with philosophical projects aptly described as "the metaphysics of science:" inquiries into natural laws and properties, natural kinds, causal relations, and dispositions. At the same time, many metaphysicians have begun moving in the direction of more scientifically-informed ("scientistic" or "naturalistic") metaphysics. And yet many philosophers of science retain a deep suspicion about the significance of metaphysical investigations into science. This volume of new essays explores a broadly methodological question: what role should metaphysics play in our philosophizing about science? These new essays, written by leading philosophers of science, address this question both through ground-level investigations of particular issues in the metaphysics of science and by more general methodological inquiry.


Introduction Zanja Yudell

Chapter 1 Time for Empiricist Metaphysics Katherine Brading
Chapter 2 Ontology, Complexity, and Compositionality Michael Strevens
Chapter 3 Naturalized Metaphysics and the Contention over the Ontological Status of Species Matthew H. Slater
Chapter 4 No General Structure C. Kenneth Waters
Chapter 5 An Empiricist's Guide to Objective Modality Jenann Ismael
Chapter 6 So Long And Thanks For All The Fish: Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science P. Kyle Stanford
Chapter 7 An Apology for Naturalised Metaphysics James Ladyman
Chapter 8 Explanation and Explanationism in Science and Metaphysics Juha Saatsi
Chapter 9 Interventionism and the Missing Metaphysics: A Dialogue Jim Woodward
Chapter 10 Against Bracketing and Complacency: Metaphysics and the Methodology of the Sciences Martin Thomson-Jones

About the author: 

Matthew Slater is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bucknell University, having received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of Are Species Real? (Palgrave, 2013) and has co-edited such volumes as Carving Nature at its Joints, The Environment, and Reference and Referring (MIT Press) and writes on issues in the philosophy of science and metaphysics.; Zanja Yudell is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University at Chico, having received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He works on topics in the philosophy of science, especially laws of nature and explanation.

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