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Individuation, process, and scientific practices

Author: Otávio Bueno; Ruey-lin Chen; Melinda Bonnie Fagan
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018] ©2018
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What things count as individuals, and how do we individuate them? It is a classic philosophical question often tackled from the perspective of analytic metaphysics. This volume proposes that there is another channel by which to approach individuation -- from that of scientific practices. From this perspective, the question then becomes: How do scientists individuate things and, therefore, count them as individuals?  Read more...
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Individuation, process, and scientific practices.
New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018028845
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Otávio Bueno; Ruey-lin Chen; Melinda Bonnie Fagan
ISBN: 9780190636814 0190636815
OCLC Number: 1037809153
Description: xi, 308 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Chapter 1. Individuation, Process, and Scientific Practices Otavio Bueno, Ruey-Lin Chen and Melinda B. FaganPart I: Aspects of Individuation: Metaphysical and ProcessualChapter 2. Processes, Organisms, Kinds and the Inevitability of Pluralism John DupreChapter 3. Individuating Processes John PembertonChapter 4. Individuating Part-Whole Relations in the Biological World Marie I. KaiserPart II: Experimental Practices of IndividuationChapter 5. Ask Not "What Is an Individual?" C. Kenneth WatersChapter 6. Individuality, Organisms, and Cell Differentiation Melinda Bonnie Fagan Chapter 7. Individuation of Developing Systems: A Reproducer Perspective James GriesemerChapter 8. Individuation, Individuality, and Experimental Practice in Developmental Biology Alan C. LoveChapter 9. Experimental Individuation: Creation and Presentation Ruey-Lin ChenChapter 10. Emergent Quasiparticles, Or, How to Get a Rich Physics from a Sober Metaphysics Alexandre Guay and Olivier SartenaerPart III: Individuation in Philosophical Approaches to Science: Realism, Anti-Realism, EnvironmentalismChapter 11. Can Quantum Objects Be Tracked? Otavio BuenoChapter 12. Retail Realism, the Individuation of Theoretical Entities, and the Case of the Muriatic Radical Jonathon HrickoChapter 13. Is Aldo Leopold's "Biotic Community" an Individual? Roberta L. Millstein
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This book provides novel perspectives, grounded in scientific practices, on individuality and individuation, subjects traditionally treated by metaphysicians. It connects the concepts of the  Read more...

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