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Product Description: 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...read more
By Alexander Bird (editor)

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9780262516266 | Bradford Books, October 28, 2011, cover price $30.00 | About this edition: Contemporary discussions of the success of science often invoke an ancient metaphor from Plato's Phaedrus: successful theories should "carve nature at its joints.

Nature's Metaphysics argues that a satisfactory philosophy of science requires a metaphysics that is based on the understanding that causal properties are essentially dispositional properties. Alexander Bird develops and defends a dispositional essentialist account of the laws of nature, and also examines dispositional accounts of explanation, causation, ceteris paribus laws, substances and kinds. Professional philosophers and advanced students working in metaphysics and the philosophy of science will find this book both provocative and stimulating.

Hardcover:

9780199227013 | Clarendon Pr, September 20, 2007, cover price $75.00 | About this edition: Nature's Metaphysics argues that a satisfactory philosophy of science requires a metaphysics that is based on the understanding that causal properties are essentially dispositional properties.

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9780199573110 | Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, January 4, 2010, cover price $41.95

Many introductions to this field start with the problem of justifying scientific knowledge but Alexander Bird begins by examining the subject matter, or metaphysics, of science. Using topical scientific debates he vividly elucidates what it is for the world to be governed by laws of nature. This idea provides the basis for explanations and causes and leads to a discussion of natural kinds and theoretical entities. With this foundation in place he goes on to consider the epistemological issues of how science arrives at knowledge, favouring a treatment of scientific reasoning based on inference to the best explanation. Drawing on contemporary work in epistemology, Bird argues that scepticism about induction should not be a problem for science and examines the consequences of this position for controversies surrounding the ideas of scientific progress and scientific revolution. Bird's insightful treatment makes Philosophy of Science an ideal text for undergraduate courses. The guides to further reading provided in each chapter help the reader pursue interesting topics and facilitate the use of the book in conjunction with primary sources.

Hardcover:

9780773517721 | McGill Queens Univ Pr, December 1, 1998, cover price $110.00 | About this edition: Many introductions to this field start with the problem of justifying scientific knowledge but Alexander Bird begins by examining the subject matter, or metaphysics, of science.
9781857286816 | 1 edition (Routledge, May 11, 1998), cover price $115.00 | About this edition: This is an introductory textbook, organized conceptually, aimed at both philosophy students and science students taking philosophy of science courses.

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9780773517738 | McGill Queens Univ Pr, September 1, 1998, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: Many introductions to this field start with the problem of justifying scientific knowledge but Alexander Bird begins by examining the subject matter, or metaphysics, of science.
9781857285048 | 1 edition (Routledge, May 11, 1998), cover price $35.95 | About this edition: This is an introductory textbook, organized conceptually, aimed at both philosophy students and science students taking philosophy of science courses.

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9780203133972 | Routledge, January 7, 2002, cover price $35.95

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Product Description: Thomas S. Kuhn (1922-1996), el primer pensador americano de la segunda mitad del siglo xx según Rorty, ha transformado paradigmáticamente la filosofía de la ciencia. Su obra seminal, La estructura de las revoluciones científicas (1962), traducida a una docena de lenguas con más de un millón de ejemplares vendidos, ha lleva...read more

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9780691057095 | Princeton Univ Pr, February 1, 2001, cover price $80.00 | About this edition: Thomas S.
9781902683102 | Taylor & Francis Ltd, January 31, 2001, cover price $92.95

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9788430938940 | Tecnos Editorial S A, June 30, 2002, cover price $51.95 | About this edition: Thomas S.
9780691057101 | Princeton Univ Pr, February 12, 2001, cover price $49.95 | About this edition: Thomas S.
9781902683119 | Taylor & Francis Ltd, January 31, 2001, cover price $31.45

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