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The Mechanical World: The Metaphysical Commitments of the New Mechanistic Approach

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2019.07.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Beate Krickel, The Mechanical World: The Metaphysical Commitments of the New Mechanistic Approach, Springer, 2018, 163pp., $89.99 (hbk), ISBN 9783030036287. Reviewed by Stuart Glennan, Butler University Beate Krickel believes the New Mechanists need a new metaphysics, and her aim in this book is to provide it. The term "New Mechanism" refers to a body of literature that started in the 1990s and has since burgeoned, which takes mechanisms to be a central object of inquiry and which uses the language of mechanisms to recast many traditional topics in philosophy of science, e.g., discovery, theories and models, reduction, and explanation (Craver and Tabery 2016; Glennan and Illari 2017). The philosophical reorientation advised by New Mechanism was born of a concern with scientific practice and a hope for a philosophical vocabulary more adequate to describing and explaining the actual activities and products of science. But despite its origin in scientific practice,... Read More

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