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Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science: New Essays

Matthew Slater and Zanja Yudell


The question of the proper role of metaphysics in the philosophy of science is both significant and contentious. The last few decades have seen considerable engagement with philosophical projects aptly described as “the metaphysics of science,” which ranges over inquiries into natural laws and properties, natural kinds, causal relations, dispositions, and so forth. At the same time, many metaphysicians have begun moving in the direction of more scientifically informed (“scientistic” or “naturalistic”) metaphysics. And yet many philosophers of science retain a deep suspicion about the significa ... More

Keywords: naturalism, metaphysics, science, methodology, philosophy of science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199363209
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199363209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Slater, editor
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Bucknell University

Zanja Yudell, editor
Associate Professor of Philosophy, California State University, Chico