The Disorder of Things: Metaphysical Foundations of the Disunity of Science

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Harvard University Press, 1993 - 308 страници

The great dream of philosophers and scientists for millennia has been to give us a complete account of the order of things. A powerful articulation of such a dream in this century has been found in the idea of a unity of science. With this manifesto, John Dupré systematically attacks the ideal of scientific unity by showing how its underlying assumptions are at odds with the central conclusions of science itself. In its stead, the author gives us a metaphysics much more in keeping with what science tells us about the world. Elegantly written and compellingly argued, this provocative book will be important reading for all philosophers and scholars of science.

 

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Introduction I
1
Natural Kinds
17
Species
37
Essences
60
Reductionism and Materialism
87
Ecology
107
Genetics
121
Reductionism and the Mental
146
Determinism
171
Probabilistic Causality
194
The Disunity of Science
221
Science and Values
244
Notes
267
Bibliography
291
Sources
303
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John Dupré is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University and the editor of The Latest on the Best: Essays on Evolution and Optimality.

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