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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


The Universe in a Helium Droplet

Grigory E. Volovik

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199564842
eISBN:
9780191709906
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564842.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

There are fundamental relations between three vast areas of physics: particle physics, cosmology, and condensed matter physics. The fundamental links between the first two areas — in other words, ... More


Micro-change

Penelope J. Corfield

in Time and the Shape of History

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300115581
eISBN:
9780300137941
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300115581.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter analyzes micro-change, one of the central dimensions of history. It explains that micro-change can be defined as evolution or gradualism and that a significant element of regular, ... More


Contingencies in Chemical Explanation

Noretta koertge

in Essays in the Philosophy of Chemistry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780190494599
eISBN:
9780197559666
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190494599.003.0013
Subject:
Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry

“Chemistry has a position in the center of the sciences, bordering onto physics, which provides its theoretical foundation, on one side, and onto biology on the other, living organisms being the ... More


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