Reduction, Time and Reality

Reduction, Time and Reality : Studies in the Philosophy of the Natural Sciences

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The contributors to this 1981 volume are all concerned with scientific realism, but each author questions or rejects aspects of the way it has traditionally been discussed. There are three main foci of attention - reduction, time and modality - and the analyses bring out complexities and difficulties obscured in the standard accounts of scientific realism. The papers are powerful and original, representing some of the best in modern philosophy of science, and each were specifically commissioned for the volume. It is an excellent source book for courses on realism or the philosophy of science. The book therefore takes its place in the informal series of volumes arising from meetings sponsored by the Thyssen Foundation, which already includes C. Hookway and P. Pettit (eds.) Action and Interpretation (C. U. P. 1978) and R. Harrison (ed.) Rational Action (C. U. P. 1980).
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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 320g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521143721
  • 9780521143721

Table of contents

Contributors; Introduction; 1. Theoretical explanation Michael Friedman; 2. The case of the lonely corpuscle: reductive explanation and primitive expressions Peter Alexander; 3. Three kinds of intentional psychology D. C. Dennett; 4. Time and reality P. C. W. Davies; 5. McTaggart, fixity and coming true D. H. Mellor; 6. Statistical theories, quantum mechanics and the directedness of time Richard Healey; 7. Time, reality and relativity Lawrence Sklar; 8. Modal reality Colin McGinn; 9. Essences and laws of nature Bas C. van Fraassen; Index.
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