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Peirce's scientific metaphysics : the philosophy of chance, law, and evolution

Author: Andrew Reynolds
Publisher: Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, 2002.
Series: Vanderbilt library of American philosophy.
Edition/Format:   eBook : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Peirce's Scientific Metaphysics is devoted to understanding Charles Sanders Peirce's (1839-1914) metaphysics from the perspective of the scientific questions that motivated his thinking." "While offering a detailed account of the scientific ideas and theories essential for understanding Peirce's metaphysical system (e.g., the irreversibility of time and the reversibility of physical laws, the statistical law of  Read more...
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Reynolds, Andrew, 1966-
Peirce's scientific metaphysics.
Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, 2002
(DLC) 2001006557
Named Person: Charles S Peirce; Charles S Peirce
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Reynolds
ISBN: 0585407738 9780585407739
OCLC Number: 50321361
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 228 pages).
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Scientific and Philosophical Background --
Naturphilosophie, Evolution, and the Law of Large Numbers --
Agnosticism, Necessitarianism, and the Mechanical Philosophy --
Synechism, Tychism, and Agapism --
Motivations for a Cosmology --
What Is a Hypothesis? --
Synechism --
Objective Idealism --
A Summary Statement of the Cosmology --
Irreversibility in Physics --
Nineteenth-Century Physics --
The Laws of Motion --
The Law of Vis Viva --
The Conservation of Energy Principle --
The Doctrine of the Conservation of Energy --
Conditions for Reversibility --
The Second Law of Thermodynamics, the Kinetic Theory of Gases, and the Law of Large Numbers --
Irreversibility in Psychics --
The Law of Mind --
Causation and Mental Activity --
Teleology and the Action of Mind --
The Problem of Mind-Matter Reductionism --
What Is Time? --
Irreversibility in Physiology and Evolution --
Physiology --
The Molecular Theory of Protoplasm --
Protoplasm, Habit, and Nutrition --
Evolution --
The Influence of Darwin --
Peirce's Classification of Evolutionary Philosophies --
Cosmology and Synechism --
Order Out of Chaos --
Variation and the Law of Large Numbers --
Agapasm and the Law of Large Numbers --
Rival Cosmologies --
Elliptic Philosophy --
Parabolic Philosophy --
Hyperbolic Philosophy --
Peirce's Acquaintance with Modern Physics --
Chance and Law --
What Is Chance? --
The Laws of Chance --
The Law of Habit --
The Redundancy Problem --
The Incompatibility Problem --
Peirce and Prigogine.
Series Title: Vanderbilt library of American philosophy.
Responsibility: Andrew Reynolds.

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Those grappling with the intricacies of Peirceis philosophy will be much farther ahead after reading Reynoldis book. --"Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences""

 
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