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The Panenmentalist Philosophy of Science

From the Recognition of Individual Pure Possibilities to Actual Discoveries

Serie: Synthese Library 424

This book presents a philosophy of science, based on panenmentalism: an original modal metaphysics, which is realist about individual pure (non-actual) possibilities and rejects the notion of possible worlds. Les mer
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This book presents a philosophy of science, based on panenmentalism: an original modal metaphysics, which is realist about individual pure (non-actual) possibilities and rejects the notion of possible worlds. The book systematically constructs a new and novel way of understanding and explaining scientific progress, discoveries, and creativity. It demonstrates that a metaphysics of individual pure possibilities is indispensable for explaining and understanding mathematics and natural sciences. It examines the nature of individual pure possibilities, actualities, mind-dependent and mind-independent possibilities, as well as mathematical entities. It discusses in detail the singularity of each human being as a psychical possibility. It analyses striking scientific discoveries, and illustrates by means of examples of the usefulness and vitality of individual pure possibilities in the sciences.

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Acknowledgments1. Introduction2. How Many Pure Possibilities Are There? Or Contra Actualism3. A Panenmentalist Consideration of the Identity of Indiscernibles4. Two Kinds of Discovery: An Ontological Account5. Mathematical Possibilities and their Discovery6. A Panenmentalist Approach to Molyneux's Problem and Some Empirical Findings7. Pure Possibilities and Some Striking Scientific Discoveries8. The Philosophical Significance of Alan Mackay's Theoretical Discovery of Quasicrystals9. Shechtman's Three Question Marks: Possibility, Impossibility, and Quasicrystals10. Eka-Elements as Chemical Pure Possibilities11. Quantum Pure Possibility and Macroscopic Physics12. Brain-images and the Human Mind13. Neoteny and the Playground of Pure Possibilities14. Milgram's Experience and Saving Possibilities15. Singularity and Uniqueness: Why Is Our Immune System Subject to Psychological and Cognitive Traits?ReferencesIndex

Om forfatteren

Amihud Gilead was born in Jerusalem in 1947. He is a Professor Emeritus at the Department of philosophy, the University of Haifa. For many years, his main research was devoted to the study of the history of philosophy, especially of early modern philosophy. From 1999 till now he introduced and has elaborated on an original modal metaphysics, panenmentalism, which is a special kind of possibilist realism about individual pure (non-actual) possibilities. Professor Gilead published various books and papers, most of them in English.