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Scientific Ontology: Integrating Naturalized Metaphysics and Voluntarist Epistemology

Anjan Chakravartty


Both science and philosophy are interested in questions of ontology—questions about what exists and what these things are like. Science and philosophy, however, seem like very different ways of investigating the world, so how should one proceed? Some defer to the sciences, conceived as something apart from philosophy, and others to metaphysics, conceived as something apart from science, for certain kinds of answers. This book contends that these sorts of deference are misconceived. A compelling account of ontology must appreciate the ways in which the sciences incorporate metaphysical assumpti ... More

Keywords: scientific ontology, naturalized metaphysics, voluntarism, epistemic stances, metaphysical inference, explanatory power, realism, empiricism, pragmatism, deflationism

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190651459
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190651459.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anjan Chakravartty, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

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