# Science and necessity / John Bigelow, Robert Pargetter

- Author:
- Bigelow, John, 1948-
- Additional Titles:
- Science & Necessity
- Published:
- Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1991.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (x, 410 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
- Additional Creators:
- Pargetter, Robert

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- Series:
- Contents:
- 1. Realism and truth -- Scientific Platonism -- Scientific realism -- Metaphysical realism -- Modal realism -- Semantic realism -- Realism misconstrued -- 2. Quantities -- A hierarchy of universals -- Sets: who needs them? -- Same yet different -- Determinates and determinables -- Relational theories -- Vectors and change -- Structural universals -- 3. Modal language and reality -- Rules and reference -- Modal axiomatics -- Modal semantics -- Completeness, correspondence, and realism -- Extensions -- Probability -- Higher-order quantifiers and metaphysical realism -- 4. Modal ontology -- Taxonomy of modal realisms -- Against modalism -- Complete books -- Against replicas -- World properties -- 5. Laws of nature -- Laws as necessities -- Relative necessities -- Regularity theories -- The modal theory -- The logic of nomic necessity -- 6. Causation -- Accessibility, causation, and necessity -- Neither necessary nor sufficient conditions -- Causal talk -- The Hume world and causation -- Forces and causes -- Explaining some details and detailing some explanations -- 7. Explanation -- How and why -- Laws and explanation -- Causing and tracking -- Functional explanation -- Realism and explanation -- 8. Mathematics in science -- Mathematical realism -- Numbers as relations -- ratios and the continuum -- Equations and sets -- Sets as universals -- Mathematical reflexivity -- Abstractions and explanations -- mathematics and modality -- Coda: Scientific Platonism
- Summary:
- This book espouses a 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.
- Subject(s):
- ISBN:
- 9780511551611 (ebook)

9780521390279 (hardback)

9780521065665 (paperback) - Note:
- Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015).

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