Nature and Understanding: The Metaphysics and Method of Science

Oxford University Press (2000)
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Exploring the central ideas of traditional metaphysics--such as the simplicity of nature, its comprehensibility, or its systematic integrity--this book analyzes looking at such notions from a scientific point of view. It seeks to describe in a clear, accessible manner the metaphysical situation that characterizes the process of inquiry in natural science, aiming to shed light on reality by examining the modus operandi of natural science itself and focusing as much on its findings as on its conceptual and methodological presuppositions. Written by an eminent scholar of philosophy, this book is the culmination of many years of penetrating work. It is the definitive presentation of some of Nicholas Rescher's most fascinating ideas and is an engaging source for philosophers and non-philosophers alike.
Keywords Science Philosophy  Metaphysics
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Reprint years 2001, 2003
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Call number Q175.R393328 2000
ISBN(s) 9780198250852   0198250851     9780199261826
DOI 10.1093/mind/111.441.161
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