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Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics Naturalized

James Ladyman, Don Ross, and and David Spurrett with John Collier


This book argues that the only kind of metaphysics that can contribute to objective knowledge is one based specifically on contemporary science as it really is, and not on philosophers' a priori intuitions, common sense, or simplifications of science. In addition to showing how recent metaphysics has drifted away from connection with all other serious scholarly inquiry as a result of not heeding this restriction, this book demonstrates how to build a metaphysics compatible with current fundamental physics (“ontic structural realism”), which, when combined with metaphysics of the special scienc ... More

Keywords: metaphysics, ontic structural realism, rainforest realism, thermodynamics, philosophy of science, physics, information theory, complex systems theory, eliminativism, causation

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199276196
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276196.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Ladyman, author
University of Bristol
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Don Ross, author
University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Cape Town
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and David Spurrett with John Collier, author

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1 In Defence of Scientism

Don Ross, James Ladyman, and David Spurrett

4 Rainforest Realism and the Unity of Science

Don Ross, James Ladyman, and John Collier

5 Causation in a Structural World

Don Ross, James Ladyman, and David Spurrett

6 Conclusion—Philosophy Enough

Don Ross and James Ladyman

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