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Nature's metaphysics : laws and properties

Author: Alexander Bird
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; Madrid : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st published in pbkView all editions and formats
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Nature's Metaphysics argues that a satisfactory philosophy of science requires a metaphysics that is based on the understanding that natural properties are essentially dispositional. Alexander Bird  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Bird
ISBN: 9780199573110 0199573115 9780199227013 0199227012
OCLC Number: 733963991
Description: xiv, 231 p
Contents: 1. Introduction - laws and properties ; 2. Dispositions ; 3. Dispositional essentialism and the laws of nature ; 4. Categoricalism ; 5. Dispositional essentialism, modality, and intentionality ; 6. The regress objection ; 7. Structural properties ; 8. The illusion of nomic contingency ; 9. Are there any laws, and if so what are they? ; 10. Concluding remarks ; References
Responsibility: by Alexander Bird.

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Bird's exploration and defence of Dispositionalism is impressive. It is detailed, meticulously constructed and insightful, and should do a great deal to persuade philosophers of the position's Read more...

 
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