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Scientific Ontology - Integrating Naturalized Metaphysics and Voluntarist Epistemology

English · Paperback / Softback

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Though science and philosophy take different approaches to ontology, metaphysical inferences are relevant to interpreting scientific work, and empirical investigations are relevant to philosophy. This book argues that there is no uniquely rational way to determine which domains of ontology are appropriate for belief, making room for choice in a transformative account of scientific ontology.

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Anjan Chakravartty is the Appignani Foundation Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami, where he works on topics in the philosophy of science, metaphysics, and epistemology. He has taught previously at the Universities of Cambridge, Toronto, and Notre Dame.

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Though science and philosophy take different approaches to ontology, metaphysical inferences are relevant to interpreting scientific work, and empirical investigations are relevant to philosophy. This book argues that there is no uniquely rational way to determine which domains of ontology are appropriate for belief, making room for choice in a transformative account of scientific ontology.

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A smart, historically informed, highly readable-and commendably nontechnical-defense of 'natural ontology', according to which science and metaphysics are inextricably intertwined. The book will be of interest to historians and philosophers of science, and to anyone who has wondered about the place of metaphysics in a world in which science has come to be the measure of all things.

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