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Scientific Composition and Metaphysical GroundIs Mechanistic Constitution a Version of Material Constitution?

Scientific Composition and Metaphysical Ground: Is Mechanistic Constitution a Version of Material... [The aim of this chapter is to analyze the similarities and differences between the regularity account of mechanistic constitution and the standard accounts of material constitution. In a first step, the regularity theory of mechanistic constitution is presented, and the problems of material constitution and metaphysical grounding are reconstructed. A definition of material constitution is offered that is acceptable to both pluralist and monist solutions. It is then argued that the two relations are of a different logical order. Moreover, the criteria used to decide under which conditions the two relations collapse into identity are described as fundamentally different. In a final step, it is shown that the ontology presupposed by the regularity approach to mechanistic constitution may offer an interesting eliminativist solution to the problem of material constitution and metaphysical grounding.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Scientific Composition and Metaphysical GroundIs Mechanistic Constitution a Version of Material Constitution?

Editors: Aizawa, Kenneth; Gillett, Carl

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016. The author(s) has/have asserted their right(s) to be identified as the author(s) of this work in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988
ISBN
978-1-137-56215-9
Pages
91 –121
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56216-6_4
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Abstract

[The aim of this chapter is to analyze the similarities and differences between the regularity account of mechanistic constitution and the standard accounts of material constitution. In a first step, the regularity theory of mechanistic constitution is presented, and the problems of material constitution and metaphysical grounding are reconstructed. A definition of material constitution is offered that is acceptable to both pluralist and monist solutions. It is then argued that the two relations are of a different logical order. Moreover, the criteria used to decide under which conditions the two relations collapse into identity are described as fundamentally different. In a final step, it is shown that the ontology presupposed by the regularity approach to mechanistic constitution may offer an interesting eliminativist solution to the problem of material constitution and metaphysical grounding.]

Published: Nov 9, 2016

Keywords: Mechanistic Constitution; Clay Particle; Time Region; Material Constitution; Regularity Theory

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