Science and Necessity

Cambridge University Press (1990)
John Bigelow
Monash University
This book espouses an innovative theory of scientific realism in which due weight is given to mathematics and logic. The authors argue that mathematics can be understood realistically if it is seen to be the study of universals, of properties and relations, of patterns and structures, the kinds of things which can be in several places at once. Taking this kind of scientific platonism as their point of departure, they show how the theory of universals can account for probability, laws of nature, causation, and explanation, and explore the consequences in all these fields. This will be an important book for all philosophers of science, logicians, and metaphysicians, and their graduate students. The readership will also include those outside philosophy interested in the interrelationship of philosophy and science.
Keywords Science Philosophy  Logic  Mathematics
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Call number Q175.B554 1991
ISBN(s) 0521065666   0521390273   9780521390279     9780511551611   9780521065665   9780511832352
DOI 10.2307/2219661
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