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Cartesian Method and the Problem of Reduction

Emily R. Grosholz

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198242505
eISBN:
9780191680502
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242505.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

Cartesian method, construed as a way of organizing domains of knowledge according to the ‘order of reason’, was a powerful reductive tool. Descartes produced important ... More


Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness

David J. Chalmers

in The Character of Consciousness

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195311105
eISBN:
9780199870851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311105.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Consciousness poses the most baffling problems in the science of the mind. There is nothing that we know more intimately than conscious experience, but there is nothing that is harder to explain. All ... More


Causal Influence

Richard Corry

in Power and Influence: The Metaphysics of Reductive Explanation

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780198840718
eISBN:
9780191876332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840718.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter argues that the reductive method of explanation assumes an ontology of causal powers that manifest invariant causal influence. The reductive method takes what we know about how systems ... More


Emergence and the Failure of Reduction

Richard Corry

in Power and Influence: The Metaphysics of Reductive Explanation

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780198840718
eISBN:
9780191876332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840718.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter explores the different ways in which the reductive method of explanation might fail, and asks what such failures might tell us about the world. In particular, the chapter investigates ... More


Method of Inquiry

Ross Harrison

in On What There Must Be

Published in print:
1974
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198245070
eISBN:
9780191680830
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245070.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter discusses the method of inquiry. It starts by presenting reduction versus construction. Many attempts to discover the more central or essential features of the present conceptual scheme ... More


Reduction and Intersubjectivity: Husserl

Françoise Dastur and Robert Vallier

in Questions of Phenomenology: Language, Alterity, Temporality, Finitude

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780823233731
eISBN:
9780823277070
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233731.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter examines Edmund Husserl's philosophical reflections on reduction and intersubjectivity. According to Husserl, method and phenomenology constitute an identity without which the reduction ... More


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