Nature's Metaphysics: Laws and Properties (Hardback)Alexander Bird (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 246
Weight: 543 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 20 mm
This is a rewarding book. In terms of area, it has one foot firmly planted in metaphysics and the other just as firmly set in the philosophy of science. Nature's Metaphysics is distinctive for its thorough and detailed defense of fundamental, natural properties as essentially dispositional and for its description of how these dispositional properties are thus suited to sustain the laws of nature as (metaphysically) necessary truths. * John W. Carroll, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
Reading Bird is highly rewarding: he sheds new light on many problems by analysing them in a new way ... Bird's book holds promise to become the authoritative statement of the new dispositionalist metaphysics. * Max Kistler, Mind *
the book provides a wealth of interesting details, helpful distinctions, and valuable clarifications, as well as considered, scientifically informed and in-depth argument. Anyone interested in the metaphysics of dispositions, laws of nature and causation will find the book highly illuminating. * Barbara Vetter, Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy *
Bird's book is well argued and provocative ... It is 'must reading' for all philosophers concerned with laws, dispositions, an fundamental properties. * Marc Lange, Philosophical Review *
an excellent contribution to the burgeoning literature ... whether or not anyone should be convinced of these details of nature's metaphysics, this book certainly provides a wonderfully lucid understanding of what its properties and laws might be like if dispositional essentialism were true. * Anjan Chakravartty, Metascience *
The book is notable for its ambitious scope, its clarity, and its careful argumentation. It is a fine addition to the metaphysical literature about properties and laws of nature. It is already beginning to assume the status of a canonical text on the subject ... I recommend that all who want to engage with dispositional essentialism treat this as one of its indispensable texts. * Peter Menzies, Analysis *
Bird's exploration and defence of Dispositionalism is impressive. It is detailed, meticulously constructed and insightful, and should do a great deal to persuade philosophers of the position's plausibility. The book is a demanding but very illuminating read. * Simon Bostock, Philosophy *
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