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Author Reynolds, Andrew, 1966-

Title Peirce's scientific metaphysics : the philosophy of chance, law, and evolution / Andrew Reynolds
Edition First edition
Published Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, 2002
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 228 pages)
Series Vanderbilt library of American philosophy
Vanderbilt library of American philosophy.
Contents Scientific and Philosophical Background -- Naturphilosophie, Evolution, and the Law of Large Numbers -- Agnosticism, Necessitarianism, and the Mechanical Philosophy -- Synechism, Tychism, and Agapism -- Motivations for a Cosmology -- What Is a Hypothesis? -- Synechism -- Objective Idealism -- A Summary Statement of the Cosmology -- Irreversibility in Physics -- Nineteenth-Century Physics -- The Laws of Motion -- The Law of Vis Viva -- The Conservation of Energy Principle -- The Doctrine of the Conservation of Energy -- Conditions for Reversibility -- The Second Law of Thermodynamics, the Kinetic Theory of Gases, and the Law of Large Numbers -- Irreversibility in Psychics -- The Law of Mind -- Causation and Mental Activity -- Teleology and the Action of Mind -- The Problem of Mind-Matter Reductionism -- What Is Time? -- Irreversibility in Physiology and Evolution -- Physiology -- The Molecular Theory of Protoplasm -- Protoplasm, Habit, and Nutrition -- Evolution -- The Influence of Darwin -- Peirce's Classification of Evolutionary Philosophies -- Cosmology and Synechism -- Order Out of Chaos -- Variation and the Law of Large Numbers -- Agapasm and the Law of Large Numbers -- Rival Cosmologies -- Elliptic Philosophy -- Parabolic Philosophy -- Hyperbolic Philosophy -- Peirce's Acquaintance with Modern Physics -- Chance and Law -- What Is Chance? -- The Laws of Chance -- The Law of Habit -- The Redundancy Problem -- The Incompatibility Problem -- Peirce and Prigogine
Summary "Peirce's Scientific Metaphysics is devoted to understanding Charles Sanders Peirce's (1839-1914) metaphysics from the perspective of the scientific questions that motivated his thinking." "While offering a detailed account of the scientific ideas and theories essential for understanding Peirce's metaphysical system (e.g., the irreversibility of time and the reversibility of physical laws, the statistical law of large numbers), this book is written in a manner accessible to the non-specialist. This will make it especially attractive to students of Peirce's philosophy who lack familiarity with the scientific and mathematical ideas that are so central to his thought. Those with an interest in the history and philosophy of science, especially concerning the application of statistical and probabilistic thinking to physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, and cosmology, will find this discussion of Peirce's philosophy invaluable."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-222) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Peirce, Charles S. (Charles Sanders), 1839-1914.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585407738 (electronic bk.)
9780585407739 (electronic bk.)
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(alk. paper)