Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics Naturalized

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Oxford University Press, 2007 - Philosophy - 346 pages
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Every Thing Must Go argues that the only kind of metaphysics that can contribute to objective knowledge is one based specifically on contemporary science as it really is, and not on philosophers' a priori intuitions, common sense, or simplifications of science. In addition to showing how recent metaphysics has drifted away from connection with all other serious scholarly inquiry as a result of not heeding this restriction, they demonstrate how to build a metaphysics compatible with current fundamental physics ('ontic structural realism'), which, when combined with their metaphysics of the special sciences ('rainforest realism'), can be used to unify physics with the other sciences without reducing these sciences to physics itself. Taking science metaphysically seriously, Ladyman and Ross argue, means that metaphysicians must abandon the picture of the world as composed of self-subsistent individual objects, and the paradigm of causation as the collision of such objects.

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Ladyman is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Bristol, UK.

Don Ross is Professor of Economics and Dean of Commerce at tDon Ross is Professor of Economics and Dean of Commerce at the University of Cape Town, and Research Fellow in the Centehe University of Cape Town, and Research Fellow in the Center for Economic Analysis of Risk at Georgia State University.r for Economic Analysis of Risk at Georgia State University.. He is the author of "Economic Theory and Cognitive Science. He is the author of "Economic Theory and Cognitive Science: Microexplanation" (MIT Press, 2005), companion volume to ": Microexplanation" (MIT Press, 2005), companion volume to "Midbrain Mutiny." Midbrain Mutiny.

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