Book ID: CBB334934609

Individuation, Process, and Scientific Practices (2018)


Bueno, Otávio (Editor)
Chen, Ruey-Lin (Editor)
Fagan, Melinda Bonnie (Editor)

Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 328
Language: English

What things count as individuals, and how do we individuate them? It is a classic philosophical question often tackled from the perspective of analytic metaphysics. This volume proposes that there is another channel by which to approach individuation -- from that of scientific practices. From this perspective, the question then becomes: How do scientists individuate things and, therefore, count them as individuals? This volume collects the work of philosophers of science to engage with this central philosophical conundrum from a new angle, highlighting the crucial topic of experimental individuation and building upon recent, pioneering work in the philosophy of science. An introductory chapter foregrounds the problem of individuation, arguing it should be considered prior to the topic of individuality. The following chapters address individuation and individuality from a variety of perspectives, with prominent themes being the importance of experimentation, individuation as a process, and pluralism in individuation's criteria. Contributions examine individuation in a wide range of sciences, including stem cell biology, particle physics, and community ecology. Other chapters examine the metaphysics of individuation, its bearing on realism/antirealism debates, and interrogate epistemic aspects of individuation in scientific practice.In exploring individuation from the philosophy of biology, physics, and other scientific subjects, this volume ultimately argues for the possibility of several criteria of individuation, upending the tenets of traditional metaphysics. It provides insights for philosophers of science, but also for scientists interested in the conceptual foundations of their work.

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Review Alison K. McConwell (2020) Review of "Individuation, Process, and Scientific Practices". History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences (p. 4). unapi

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Josh Hunt
Patton, Lydia
Vieira, Cássio Leite
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Foundations of Chemistry
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NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Oxford University Press
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University of Pittsburgh Press
University of Oklahoma Press
University of Chicago Press
State University of New York Press
Philosophy of science
Experiments and experimentation
Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
Heidegger, Martin
Eder, Josef Maria
Exner, Sigmund
Wigner, Eugene Paul
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Lattes, César
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