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Reduction, Explanation, and Realism - David Charles

Reduction, Explanation, and Realism

By: David Charles (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 16th July 1992
ISBN: 9780198242734
Number Of Pages: 488

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What is reduction? Must all discussions of the mind, value, color, biological organisms, and persons aim to reduce these to objects and properties that can be studied by more basic, physical science? Conversely, does failure to achieve a reduction undermine the legitimacy of higher levels of description or explanation? Though reduction has long been a favorite method of analysis in all areas of philosophy, in recent years philosophers have attempted to avoid these traditional alternatives by developing an account of higher-level phenomena which shows them to be grounded in, but not reducible to, basic physical objects and properties. The contributors to this volume examine the motivations for such anti-reductionist views, and assess their coherence and success, in a number of different fields, including moral and mental philosophy, psychology, organic biology, and the social sciences.

`The essays are largely nontechnical and accessible to advanced undergraduates. Recommended for any library supporting at least a major in philosophy of psychology.' Humanities

Notes on the Contributors
Introductionp. 1
Modest Reductions and the Unity of Sciencep. 19
Irreducibility and Teleologyp. 45
Reduction and Evolutionary Biologyp. 69
Structural Explanation in Social Theoryp. 97
Weak Externalism and Psychological Reductionp. 133
Physics, Biology, and Common-Sense Psychologyp. 155
The Limitations of Pluralismp. 179
Reduction, Causality, and Normativityp. 225
Elimination Versus Non-Reductive Physicalismp. 239
Supervenience, Composition, and Physicalismp. 265
Values: Reduction, Supervenience, and Explanation by Ascentp. 297
Valuing: Desiring Or Believing?p. 323
Reductionism and First-Person Thinkingp. 361
The First Person: The Reductionist View of the Selfp. 381
The Autonomy of Colourp. 421
Select Bibliographyp. 467
Index of namesp. 477
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ISBN: 9780198242734
ISBN-10: 0198242735
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 16th July 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.6  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.78