Metaphysics of Science: A Systematic and Historical Introduction

1st Edition

Markus Schrenk

Routledge
Published August 26, 2016
Reference - 334 Pages
ISBN 9781844655939 - CAT# Y175686

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Summary

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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