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Scientific composition and metaphysical ground / Kenneth Aizawa, Carl Gillett, editors.

  • London, United Kingdom : Palgrave Macmillan imprint is published by Springer Nature, [2016]
  • ©2016
xiii, 310 pages ; 22 cm.
New directions in the philosophy of science. [More in this series]
Summary note:
"We find “vertical” relations in many different realms, whether between atoms and molecules, words and sentences, neurons and brains, or individuals and societies. This book is the first to bring together, and comparatively assess, the exciting array of philosophical approaches to vertical relations that have independently sprung up in analytic metaphysics, the metaphysics of mind, and the philosophy of science. Analytic metaphysicians have recently focused on a relation of 'Ground' that is claimed to be found in aesthetics, ethics, logic, mathematics, science, and semantics. Metaphysicians of mind have focussed on a vertical relation of 'realization' between properties, whilst philosophers of science associated with the rise of the 'New Mechanism' have renewed interest in vertical relations of scientific composition found in so-called “mechanistic explanations”. This volume analyses the inter-relations between these different approaches to spark a range of new debates, including whether the various frameworks for vertical relations are independent, complementary or in even competition."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction: Vertical relations in science, philosophy, and the world: understanding the new debates over verticality / Kenneth Aizawa and Carl Gillett -- Part I: Scientific composition and the new mechanism. New mechanistic explanation and the need for explanatory constraints / L.R. Franklin-Hall ; Compositional explanation: dimensioned realization, new mechanism, and ground / Kenneth Aizawa ; Is mechanistic constitution a version of material constitution? / Jens Harbecke ; Anti-reductionism, anti-rationalism, and the material constitution of the mental / Derk Pereboom -- Part II. Grounding, science, and verticality in nature. Ground rules: lessons from Wilson / Jonathan Schaffer ; The unity and priority arguments for grounding / Jessica Wilson ; The metaphysic of nature, science, and the rules of engagement / Carl Gillett - Grounding and the formulation of physicalism / Andrew Melnyk ; Grounding in the philosophy of mind: a defense / Alyssa Ney.
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