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Every Thing Must GoMetaphysics Naturalized$
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James Ladyman, Don Ross, and and David Spurrett with John Collier

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276196

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276196.001.0001

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Rainforest Realism and the Unity of Science

Rainforest Realism and the Unity of Science

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(p.190) 4 Rainforest Realism and the Unity of Science
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Every Thing Must Go
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James Ladyman (Contributor Webpage)

Don Ross (Contributor Webpage)

David Spurrett (Contributor Webpage)

John Collier

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276196.003.0004

This chapter consolidates the constraints on metaphysics as a unification of science by requiring that a metaphysical hypothesis respect the constraint of the principle of naturalistic closure (PNC). Floridi criticizes what he calls the “eliminativist” interpretation of OSR, the view that self-subsistent individuals do not exist, on the grounds that it lets the tail of the quantum-theoretic problems over entanglement wag the dog of our general world-view. However, the Primacy of Physics Constraint (PPC), according to which failure of an interpretation of special-science generalizations to respect negative implications of physical theory is grounds for rejecting such generalizations, is endorsed in this chapter. Thus, Floridi's modus tollens may be considered a modus ponens: if the best current interpretation of fundamental physics says there are no self-subsistent individuals, then special sciences had better admit, for the sake of unification, of an ontological interpretation that is compatible with a non-atomistic metaphysics. The PNC is invoked again independently.

Keywords:   rainforest realism, Floridi, principle of naturalistic closure, primacy of physics constraint, special sciences, real patterns, non-atomistic metaphysics

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