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Scientific Ontology and Speculative Ontology

Paul Humphreys

in Scientific Metaphysics

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199696499
eISBN:
9780191744983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696499.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter provides six arguments in favor of scientifically based ontology and against speculative ontology, a branch of analytic metaphysics. Parts of contemporary speculative ontology are ... More


Ontology: Scientific and meta-scientific

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/9780190651459.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter considers the relationship between scientific and philosophical approaches to ontology, with the aim of clarifying what it means to engage in the project of scientific ontology. It ... More


Scientific Ontology and Speculative Ontology

Paul Humphreys

in Philosophical Papers

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780199334872
eISBN:
9780190219710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199334872.003.0018
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

A contrast is drawn between two approaches to ontology: scientific ontology, which is constrained by scientific knowledge, and speculative ontology, which is not. Three primary arguments are provided ... More


Scientific Ontology: Integrating Naturalized Metaphysics and Voluntarist Epistemology

Anjan Chakravartty

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780190651459
eISBN:
9780190651480
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190651459.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Both science and philosophy are interested in questions of ontology—questions about what exists and what these things are like. Science and philosophy, however, seem like very different ways of ... More


Explanation, Understanding, Ontology, and Social Dynamics

Paul Humphreys

in Philosophical Papers

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780199334872
eISBN:
9780190219710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199334872.003.0020
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Retrospective reflections are provided on the papers “Aleatory Explanations,” “Analytic versus Synthetic Understanding,” “Scientific and Speculative Ontology,” and “Endogenous Uncertainty and the ... More


Philosophical Papers

Paul Humphreys

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780199334872
eISBN:
9780190219710
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199334872.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Paul Humphreys pioneered philosophical investigations into the methodological revolution begun by computer simulations. He has also made important contributions to the contemporary literature on ... More


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