The Structure of the World: Metaphysics and Representation

0 avg rating
( 0 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780198776666: The Structure of the World: Metaphysics and Representation

In The Structure of the World, Steven French articulates and defends the bold claim that there are no objects. At the most fundamental level, modern physics presents us with a world of structures and making sense of that view is the central aim of the increasingly widespread position known as structural realism. Drawing on contemporary work in metaphysics and philosophy of science, as well as the 'forgotten' history of structural realism itself, French attempts to further ground and develop this position. He argues that structural realism offers the best way of balancing our need to accommodate the results of modern science with our desire to arrive at an appropriately informed understanding of the world that science presents to us. Covering not only the realism-antirealism debate, the nature of representation, and the relationship between metaphysics and science, The Structure of the World defends a form of eliminativism about objects that sets laws and symmetry principles at the heart of ontology. In place of a world of microscopic objects banging into one another and governed by the laws of physics, it offers a world of laws and symmetries, on which determinate physical properties are dependent. In presenting this account, French also tackles the distinction between mathematical and physical structures, the nature of laws, and causality in the context of modern physics, and he concludes by exploring the extent to which structural realism can be extended into chemistry and biology.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:


Steven French taught in Brazil and the USA before moving to Leeds in 1993. He is Professor of the Philosophy of Science and the author or editor of six books and over ninety papers. His principal areas of research are the metaphysical foundations of quantum physics, the nature of theories, and structural realism. He is a former President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science and Co-Editor in Chief of the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.

Review:


"...this superb defence of OSR deserves to be considered French's magnum opus. The book should be lauded for its scope, detail, and scientific sophistication. The intricacies of the view will be most accessible to those with a background in physics, but the discussion is of interest to those who work in metaphysics and philosophy of science broadly and should be required reading for those interested in scientific realism specifically." -- The Philosophical Quarterly


"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 45.00
US$ 34.68

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Steven French
Published by Oxford University Press, United Kingdom (2017)
ISBN 10: 0198776667 ISBN 13: 9780198776666
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2017. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. In The Structure of the World, Steven French articulates and defends the bold claim that there are no objects. At the most fundamental level, modern physics presents us with a world of structures and making sense of that view is the central aim of the increasingly widespread position known as structural realism. Drawing on contemporary work in metaphysics and philosophy of science, as well as the forgotten history of structural realism itself, French attempts to further ground and develop this position. He argues that structural realism offers the best way of balancing our need to accommodate the results of modern science with our desire to arrive at an appropriately informed understanding of the world that science presents to us. Covering not only the realism-antirealism debate, the nature of representation, and the relationship between metaphysics and science, The Structure of the World defends a form of eliminativism about objects that sets laws and symmetry principles at the heart of ontology. In place of a world of microscopic objects banging into one another and governed by the laws of physics, it offers a world of laws and symmetries, on which determinate physical properties are dependent. In presenting this account, French also tackles the distinction between mathematical and physical structures, the nature of laws, and causality in the context of modern physics, and he concludes by exploring the extent to which structural realism can be extended into chemistry and biology. Bookseller Inventory # AOP9780198776666

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 34.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Steven French
Published by Oxford University Press, United Kingdom (2017)
ISBN 10: 0198776667 ISBN 13: 9780198776666
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2017. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. In The Structure of the World, Steven French articulates and defends the bold claim that there are no objects. At the most fundamental level, modern physics presents us with a world of structures and making sense of that view is the central aim of the increasingly widespread position known as structural realism. Drawing on contemporary work in metaphysics and philosophy of science, as well as the forgotten history of structural realism itself, French attempts to further ground and develop this position. He argues that structural realism offers the best way of balancing our need to accommodate the results of modern science with our desire to arrive at an appropriately informed understanding of the world that science presents to us. Covering not only the realism-antirealism debate, the nature of representation, and the relationship between metaphysics and science, The Structure of the World defends a form of eliminativism about objects that sets laws and symmetry principles at the heart of ontology. In place of a world of microscopic objects banging into one another and governed by the laws of physics, it offers a world of laws and symmetries, on which determinate physical properties are dependent. In presenting this account, French also tackles the distinction between mathematical and physical structures, the nature of laws, and causality in the context of modern physics, and he concludes by exploring the extent to which structural realism can be extended into chemistry and biology. Bookseller Inventory # AOP9780198776666

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 37.33
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Steven French
Published by OUP Oxford 2016-12-01 (2016)
ISBN 10: 0198776667 ISBN 13: 9780198776666
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP Oxford 2016-12-01, 2016. Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-OUP-00087373

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 33.46
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.96
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Steven French
Published by OUP Oxford 2016-12-01, Oxford (2016)
ISBN 10: 0198776667 ISBN 13: 9780198776666
New paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP Oxford 2016-12-01, Oxford, 2016. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780198776666

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 34.52
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.95
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Steven French
Published by OUP Oxford
ISBN 10: 0198776667 ISBN 13: 9780198776666
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP Oxford. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Bookseller Inventory # B9780198776666

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 33.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.19
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

French, Steven
ISBN 10: 0198776667 ISBN 13: 9780198776666
New Quantity Available: 6
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2017. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VU-9780198776666

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 39.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

French, Steven
ISBN 10: 0198776667 ISBN 13: 9780198776666
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2017. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780198776666

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 42.09
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

French, Steven
Published by Oxford Univ Pr (2017)
ISBN 10: 0198776667 ISBN 13: 9780198776666
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford Univ Pr, 2017. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. reprint edition. 416 pages. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __0198776667

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 41.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.95
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Steven French
Published by Oxford University Press January 2017 (2017)
ISBN 10: 0198776667 ISBN 13: 9780198776666
New Paper Back Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Eighth Day Books, LLC
(Wichita, KS, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press January 2017, 2017. Paper Back. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 131130

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 49.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

French, Steven
Published by Oxford University Press (2017)
ISBN 10: 0198776667 ISBN 13: 9780198776666
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2017. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # 0198776667

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 54.52
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book