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Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science

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2018.04.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews William M.R. Simpson, Robert C. Koons and Nicholas J. Teh (eds.), Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science, Routledge, 2018, 337 pp., $140.00, ISBN 9780415792561. Reviewed by Steven French, University of Leeds Neo-Aristotelian' approaches to the metaphysics of science have enjoyed a significant resurgence in recent years. What counts as such, however, may not always be clear. Here the editors helpfully list some relevant 'criteria of demarcation', which I'll give in reverse order (pp. 1-2): first the rejection of Platonism, in the sense of non-immanent entities such as universals or mathematical objects; second, a sparse theory of real essences or natural kinds; third, a pluralist account that includes both simple and composite entities; and fourth, a structured view that designates some of these entities as fundamental and the rest as derivative. Now I'll pause there because I suspect many. . .

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