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The Tools of Metaphysics and the Metaphysics of Science

Theodore Sider


Metaphysics is sensitive to the conceptual tools we choose to articulate metaphysical problems. Those tools are a lens through which we view metaphysical problems; the same problems look different when we change the lens. There has recently been a shift to "postmodal" conceptual tools: concepts of ground, essence, and fundamentality. This shift transforms the debate over structuralism, in many ways. For instance: structuralist theses say that "patterns" are prior to the "nodes" in the patterns. In modal terms it is clear what this means: the nodes cannot vary independently of the pattern. But ... More

Keywords: Structuralism, Postmodal, Quantity, Structural Realism, Equivalence, Dispositional essentialism, Laws of nature, Fundamentality

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198811565
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198811565.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theodore Sider, author
Rutgers University

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