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The New Mechanical Philosophy$
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Stuart Glennan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198779711

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198779711.001.0001

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What Is the New Mechanical Philosophy?

What Is the New Mechanical Philosophy?

(p.1) 1 What Is the New Mechanical Philosophy?
The New Mechanical Philosophy

Stuart Glennan

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the New Mechanical Philosophy and situates it within the history of science and its philosophy. The New Mechanism is an extension and revision of older mechanical philosophies, and extends themes from the last fifty years of post-logical empiricist philosophy of science. The chapter introduces a central theme of the book, namely the essential tension between the particularity of mechanisms and the scientific craving for general representations. It also offers an overview of methodology, arguing for the possibility of a scientifically informed metaphysics and a philosophy of science that honors both the unity and diversity of the sciences.

Keywords:   New Mechanism, New Mechanical Philosophy, mechanisms, representations, metaphysics, philosophy of science

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