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Nature and Understanding: The Metaphysics and Method of Science

Nicholas Rescher


Nature and Understanding explores the prospect of looking from a scientific point of view at such central ideas of traditional metaphysics as the simplicity of nature, its comprehensibility, or its systematic integrity. It draws together the philosophy of science, metaphysics and epistemology to study the relationship between what there is and how we can understand it. The author seeks to describe — in a way accessible to philosophers and non-philosophers alike — the metaphysical situation that characterizes the process of inquiry in natural science. His principal aim is to see wh ... More

Keywords: metaphysics, simplicity of nature, science, epistemology, philosophy, natural science, conceptual presuppositions, methodological presuppositions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199261826
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261826.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Rescher, author
Department of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh