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Author Metaphysics of Science Workshop (5th : 2005 : Ghent, Belgium)

Title Worldviews, science, and us : studies of analytical metaphysics : a selection of topics from a methodological perspective / editors, Robrecht Vanderbeeken, Bart D'Hooghe
Published Hackensack, N.J. : World Scientific, ©2010


Description 1 online resource (vi, 241 pages)
Contents Worldviews, science and us: studies of analytical metaphysics. A selection of topics from a methodological perspective / Robrecht Vanderbeeken and Bart D'Hooghe -- Introduction: contemporary analytic metaphysics, it crisis and challenge / Robrecht Vanderbeeken -- Holism and structural realism / Michael Esfeld and Vincent Lam -- Common sense, relativity and theories of time / Phil Dowe -- Purely dispositional worlds / Sungho Choi -- Natural kinds- what are they? / Joanna Odrowa̦ż-Sypniewska -- Personal identity, conceptual analysis and no-fault disagreement / Caroline West -- A world of tropes? / Anna-Sofia Maurin -- Casual pluralism / Stathis Psillos -- Why social emergence? Discussing the use of analytical metaphysics in social theory / Jeroen Van Bouwel -- Counterfactuals, causation and humean supervenience / Paul Noordhof -- Disentangling causal pluralism / Leen de Vreese -- Mathematical entities / Lieven Decock
Summary This volume brings together the lectures presented at the 5th Metaphysics of Science Workshop held from June 2 to 3, 2005, in Ghent, Belgium. The aim of this volume is twofold. First, it fields a selection of ongoing discussions on a central topic in contemporary analytical metaphysics. Authors were asked to encapsulate their lecture topic into a précis, highlighting the contesting views, accentuating the pro and contra of the main arguments, and shedding light on the origin, the evolution and the eventual offspring of a respective discussion. Second, this volume addresses the methodological question by examining what can be learned if we compare these discussions from a methodological perspective. What are the red herrings and shortcomings? Is an integrated methodology possible? Does each discussion finally await a pluralism of plausible positions or will an overall convincing account be expected? And finally, can analytical metaphysics methodologically assert and investigate their basic assumptions, if not from a common sense stance?
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Analysis (Philosophy) -- Congresses
Metaphysics -- Congresses
Philosophy and science -- Congresses
PHILOSOPHY -- Metaphysics.
Analysis (Philosophy)
Philosophy and science
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings
Form Electronic book
Author Vanderbeeken, Robrecht.
D'Hooghe, Bart.
ISBN 9789814299053