Aristotle’s Revenge: The Metaphysical Foundations of Physical and Biological Science [Paperback]

Edward Feser(Author)

ISBN: 9783868382006 | Published by: EDITIONES SCHOLASTICAE | Year of Publication: 2019 | 515p, H8.25 x W5.75,
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Aristotle’s Revenge


Actuality and potentiality, substantial form and prime matter, efficient causality and teleology are among the fundamental concepts of Aristotelian philosophy of nature. Aristotle's Revenge argues that these concepts are not only compatible with modern science, but are implicitly presupposed by modern science.

Among the many topics covered are:

• The metaphysical presuppositions of scientific method.

• The status of scientific realism
• The metaphysics of space and time.
• The metaphysics of quantum mechanics.
• Reductionism in chemistry and biology.
• The metaphysics of evolution.
• Neuroscientific reductionism.

The book interacts heavily with the literature on these issues in contemporary analytic metaphysics and philosophy of science, so as to bring contemporary philosophy and science into dialogue with the Aristotelian tradition.

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""Feser's impressive grasp of this anti-reductionist literature makes him a formidable polemicist, able to sift the avalanche of philosophy of science literature and find the concepts he is looking for.""

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews ()

""[W]ritten in an accessible style and language, which makes it readable also for undergraduate students, and even a popular audience could find much of the discussion valuable [...] it will certainly be exciting for scholars of Aristotle or Aquinas to see how these theories are used to elucidate the exciting discoveries of modern physics, biology and neuroscience.""

Bryn Mawr Classical Review ()

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