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Scientific Essentialism by Brian Ellis
Book DescriptionScientific Essentialism defends the view that the fundamental laws of nature depend on the essential properties of the things on which they are said to operate, and are therefore not independent of them. These laws are not imposed upon the world by God, the forces of nature or anything else, but rather are immanent in the world. Ellis argues that ours is a dynamic world consisting of more or less transient objects which are constantly interacting with each other, and whose identities depend on their roles in these processes. Natural objects must behave as they do, because to do otherwise would be contrary to their natures. The laws of nature are, therefore, metaphysically necessary, and consequently, there are necessary connections between events. Brian Ellis calls for the rejection of the theory of Humean Supervenience and an implementation of a new kind of realism in philosophical analysis.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521800945
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 9-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Brian Ellis
Properties, Powers and Structures, Hardback (January 2012)
Proceedings of a conference held in July 2009 at the University of Melbourne.
Scientific Essentialism, Paperback (July 2007)» View all books by Brian Ellis
Examines the laws of nature.
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