Properties, Powers and Structures
Issues in the Metaphysics of Realism
Edited by Alexander Bird, Brian Ellis, Howard Sankey
Routledge – 2012 – 270 pages
Series: Routledge Studies in Metaphysics
While the phrase "metaphysics of science" has been used from time to time, it has only recently begun to denote a specific research area where metaphysics meets philosophy of science—and the sciences themselves. The essays in this volume demonstrate that metaphysics of science is an innovative field of research in its own right. The principle areas covered are:
Selected Contents: Part 1: Symposium on Properties 1. The Categorical Dimensions of the Causal Powers Brian Ellis 2. Defending Categoricalism D.M. Armstrong 3. Monistic Dispositional Essentialism Alexander Bird Part 2: Levels of Inquiry 4. Levels of Reality and Scales of Application Patrick McGivern Part 3: Realism in Mathematics 5. Anti-Nominalistic Scientific Realism: A Defence Stathis Psillos 6. Indispensability without Platonism Anne Newstead and James Franklin Part 4: Dispositions and Causal Powers 7. Causal Dispositionalism Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum 8. Powerful Properties and the Causal Basis of Dispositions Max Kistler 9. Four Theories of Pure Dispositions William A. Bauer Part 5: Pan-Dispositionalism 10. The Metaphysics of Pan-Dispositionalism Matthew Tugby 11. The Categorical–Dispositional Distinction Sharon R. Ford 12. Dispositional Essentialism and the Laws of Nature Barbara Vetter Part 6: Natural Kinds 13. The Metaphysics of Determinable Kinds Emma Tobin 14. Scientific Kinds without Essences Corinne L. Bloch
Alexander Bird is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol.
Brian Ellis is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at La Trobe University and Professorial Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne.
Howard Sankey is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne.