The Resource The Concept of Reduction, by Raphael van Riel, (electronic resource)

The Concept of Reduction, by Raphael van Riel, (electronic resource)

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The Concept of Reduction
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The Concept of Reduction
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by Raphael van Riel
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eng
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This volume investigates the notion of reduction. Building on the idea that philosophers employ the term ‘reduction’ to reconcile diversity and directionality with unity, without relying on elimination, the book offers a powerful explication of an “ontological”, notion of reduction the extension of which is (primarily) formed by properties, kinds, individuals, or processes. It argues that related notions of reduction, such as theory-reduction and functional reduction, should be defined in terms of this explication. Thereby, the book offers a coherent framework, which sheds light on the history of the various reduction debates in the philosophy of science and in the philosophy of mind, and on related topics such as reduction and unification, the notion of a scientific level, and physicalism. The book takes its point of departure in the examination of a puzzle about reduction. To illustrate, the book takes as an example the reduction of water. If water reduces to H2O, then water is identical to H2O – thus we get unity. Unity does not come at the price of elimination – claiming that water reduces to H2O, we do not thereby claim that there is no water. But what about diversity and directionality? Intuitively, there should be a difference between water and H2O, such that we get diversity. This is required for there to be directionality: in a sense, if water reduces to H2O, then H2O is prior to, or more basic than water. At least, if water reduces to H2O, then H2O does not reduce to water. But how can this be, if water is identical to H2O? The book shows that the application of current models of reduction does not solve this puzzle, and proposes a new coherent definition, according to which unity is tied to identity, diversity is descriptive in nature, and directionality is the directionality of explanation
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van Riel, Raphael
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BD143-237
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non fiction
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Philosophical Studies Series
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121
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  • Philosophy (General)
  • Genetic epistemology
  • Mathematical statistics
  • Philosophy
  • Epistemology
  • Statistical Theory and Methods
  • Philosophy
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The Concept of Reduction, by Raphael van Riel, (electronic resource)
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Preface -- Chapter 1. Introduction -- Part 1. The Concept of Reduction—An Explication -- Chapter 2. How to Approach Reduction: Explication and Meta-Science -- Chapter 3. The Puzzle of Reduction -- Chapter 4. Reductive Explanation and Mechanistic Explanation -- Chapter 5. Reductive Explanation -- Part 2. The Explication at Work -- Chapter 6. Reduction in the Philosophy of Mind -- Chapter 7. Conceptions of Reduction in the Philosophy of Science -- Chapter 8. Theory Reduction and Holism -- Chapter 9. Reduction Beyond the Reduction Debate -- Chapter 10. The Reductionist’s Commitment
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XII, 226 p. 3 illus.
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9783319041629
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10.1007/978-3-319-04162-9
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(DE-He213)978-3-319-04162-9
Label
The Concept of Reduction, by Raphael van Riel, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
mixed
Carrier category
online resource
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cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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not applicable
Content category
text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Chapter 1. Introduction -- Part 1. The Concept of Reduction—An Explication -- Chapter 2. How to Approach Reduction: Explication and Meta-Science -- Chapter 3. The Puzzle of Reduction -- Chapter 4. Reductive Explanation and Mechanistic Explanation -- Chapter 5. Reductive Explanation -- Part 2. The Explication at Work -- Chapter 6. Reduction in the Philosophy of Mind -- Chapter 7. Conceptions of Reduction in the Philosophy of Science -- Chapter 8. Theory Reduction and Holism -- Chapter 9. Reduction Beyond the Reduction Debate -- Chapter 10. The Reductionist’s Commitment
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unknown
Extent
XII, 226 p. 3 illus.
File format
multiple file formats
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9783319041629
Level of compression
uncompressed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1007/978-3-319-04162-9
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online resource.
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absent
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access
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remote
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(DE-He213)978-3-319-04162-9

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