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Without hierarchy : the scale freedom of the universe

Author: Mariam Thalos
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

This book argues that there is causation at every scale of measurement - countering the philosophical position that causation, or "activity," occurs only at the minutest scales of measurement (the  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mariam Thalos
ISBN: 9780199917648 0199917647
OCLC Number: 881659870
Notes: Index: pages 273-278.
Description: xi, 278 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Towards a theory of science --
Scale freedom recontextualized --
Against the philosophy of a one-scale universe --
Resheathing --
Philosophical foundations of science and metaphysics --
Multiple conceptions of fundamentality --
Why causation is not the cement of the universe --
Moves and movers: notes on the progress of science --
Making sense of order: the true cement of the universe --
Deployments --
Logic of leading and following: dependence and independence among quantities --
Microcosm of unity (of science) that is physics --
Toward a more truth-illuminating metaphysics.
Responsibility: Mariam Thalos.


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This book is sure to attract considerable scholarly attention, but it is also accessible to any reader who has some familiarity with the debates to which Thalos is responding ... Highly recommended. Read more...

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