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The Tools of Metaphysics and the Metaphysics of Science

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2021.05.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Theodore Sider, The Tools of Metaphysics and the Metaphysics of Science, Oxford University Press, 2020, 233pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198811565. Reviewed by Scott Dixon, Ashoka University Theodore Sider's book is an important contribution to discussions of cutting edge topics lying at the intersection of metaphysics and the philosophies of mathematics and science. Early on in the book, Sider describes his thesis as the claim that 'the choice of metaphysical tools matters to first-order metaphysics, especially when it comes to "structuralist" positions in the metaphysics of science and mathematics' (3). Structuralist views are those which, in some sense, ontologically "downgrade" certain entities (e.g., numbers, individuals, or posits of scientific theories) relative to the relational framework (the structure) in which they are embedded. Sider is out to explore the prospects for clarifying certain of these structuralist theses by attempting to formulate them with various concepts from postmodal... Read More

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