Book ID: CBB675008618

Metaphysics of Science: A Systematic and Historical Introduction (2016)


Schrenk, Markus (Author)


Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: 348
Language: English

Metaphysics and science have a long but troubled relationship. In the twentieth century the Logical Positivists argued metaphysics was irrelevant and that philosophy should be guided by science. However, metaphysics and science attempt to answer many of the same, fundamental questions: What are laws of nature? What is causation? What are natural kinds? In this book, Markus Schrenk examines and explains the central questions and problems in the metaphysics of science. He reviews the development of the field from the early modern period through to the latest research, systematically assessing key topics including: dispositions counterfactual conditionals laws of nature causation properties natural kinds essence necessity. With the addition of chapter summaries and annotated further reading, Metaphysics of Science is a much-needed, clear and informative survey of this exciting area of philosophical research. It is essential reading for students and scholars of philosophy of science and metaphysics.

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Authors & Contributors
Kim, Jaegwon
Tooley, Michael J.
Lewis, David
Cartwright, Nancy
Lange, Marc
Hüttemann, Andreas
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Foundations of Science
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Oxford University Press
State University of New York Press
Franz Steiner Verlag
McGill-Queen's University Press
Rowman & Littlefield
Philosophy of science
Natural laws
Prigogine, Ilya
Heidegger, Martin
Newton, Isaac
Cheyne, George
Kant, Immanuel
Time Periods
21st century
18th century
17th century

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