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Causation in a Structural World

James Ladyman, Don Ross, David Spurrett, and John Collier

in Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics Naturalized

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199276196
eISBN:
9780191706127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276196.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

This chapter argues that the idea of causation has similar status to ideas of cohesion, forces, and things. Appreciating the role of causation in a notional world is crucial to understanding the ... More


Conclusion—Philosophy Enough

James Ladyman, Don Ross, David Spurrett, and John Collier

in Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics Naturalized

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199276196
eISBN:
9780191706127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276196.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

This conclusion criticizes Daniel Dennett for dividing reality into first-class illata and second-class abstracta, and argues that fundamental physics directly studies extra-representational real ... More


From Cosmos to Chaos: The Science of Unpredictability

Peter Coles

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198567622
eISBN:
9780191718250
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567622.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

Cosmology has undergone a revolution in recent years. The exciting interplay between astronomy and fundamental physics has led to dramatic revelations, including the existence of the dark matter and ... More


Introduction

John Heil

in The Universe As We Find It

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199596201
eISBN:
9780191741876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596201.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, General

The Introduction includes a discussion of the nature of metaphysical inquiry and an overview of the chapters that follow. Substances are simple, lacking parts that are themselves substances. ... More


Causation and its Basis in Fundamental Physics

Douglas Kutach

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199936205
eISBN:
9780199367757
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936205.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This book provides a comprehensive metaphysics of causation that reconciles the need for causation in the special sciences with the limited role of causation in physics. The positive account ... More


The Physical World: An Inspirational Tour of Fundamental Physics

Nicholas Manton and Nicholas Mee

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780198795933
eISBN:
9780191837111
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198795933.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

The book is an inspirational survey of fundamental physics, emphasizing the use of variational principles. Chapter 1 presents introductory ideas, including the principle of least action, vectors and ... More


Fundamentality

Richard Healey

in The Quantum Revolution in Philosophy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780198714057
eISBN:
9780191782503
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198714057.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The metaphor that fundamental physics is concerned to say what the natural world is like at the deepest level may be cashed out in terms of entities, properties, or laws. The role of quantum field ... More


Structures: Science as a constraint on scientific ontology

Anjan Chakravartty

in Scientific Ontology: Integrating Naturalized Metaphysics and Voluntarist Epistemology

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780190651459
eISBN:
9780190651480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190651459.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter continues the work of the previous chapter by examining a further case study. The example here focuses on an attempt to use scientific knowledge not merely as a launching pad for ... More


Introduction to Background and Polemics

Mark A. Bedau and Paul Humphreys

in Emergence: Contemporary Readings in Philosophy and Science

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262026215
eISBN:
9780262268011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262026215.003.0021
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The following chapters aim to provide some classic resources on certain philosophical and scientific assumptions and techniques, such as reduction, supervenience, multiple realization, downwards ... More


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