Carving Nature at Its Joints (häftad)
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Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
368
Utgivningsdatum
2011-10-28
Förlag
Bradford Books
Illustrationer
14 figures, 1 table; 15 Illustrations, unspecified
Dimensioner
222 x 152 x 19 mm
Vikt
498 g
Antal komponenter
1
ISBN
9780262516266
Carving Nature at Its Joints (häftad)

Carving Nature at Its Joints

Natural Kinds in Metaphysics and Science

Häftad Engelska, 2011-10-28
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Reflections on the metaphysics and epistemology of classification from a distinguished group of philosophers. Contemporary discussions of the success of science often invoke an ancient metaphor from Plato's Phaedrus: successful theories should "carve nature at its joints." But is nature really "jointed"? Are there natural kinds of things around which our theories cut? The essays in this volume offer reflections by a distinguished group of philosophers on a series of intertwined issues in the metaphysics and epistemology of classification. The contributors consider such topics as the relevance of natural kinds in inductive inference; the role of natural kinds in natural laws; the nature of fundamental properties; the naturalness of boundaries; the metaphysics and epistemology of biological kinds; and the relevance of biological kinds to certain questions in ethics. Carving Nature at Its Joints offers both breadth and thematic unity, providing a sampling of state-of-the-art work in contemporary analytic philosophy that will be of interest to a wide audience of scholars and students concerned with classification.
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Joseph Keim Campbell is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Washington State University. Michael O'Rourke is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University. Matthew H. Slater is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Bucknell University. Ronald Sandler is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Northeastern University.