Scientific Reduction

[New Entry by Raphael van Riel and Robert Van Gulick on April 8, 2014.] The English verb 'reduce', derives from the Latin 'reducere', whose literal meaning 'to bring back', informs its metaphorical
Philosophy News image
[New Entry by Raphael van Riel and Robert Van Gulick on April 8, 2014.] The English verb 'reduce', derives from the Latin 'reducere', whose literal meaning 'to bring back', informs its metaphorical use in philosophy. If one asserts that the mental reduces to the physical, that heat reduces to kinetic molecular energy, or that one theory reduces to another theory, one implies that in some relevant sense the reduced theory can be...

Continue reading . . .

News source: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

blog comments powered by Disqus