New book: Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science


This promises to be a solid new contribution for those interested in Aristotelian metaphysics, hylomorphism, substance causation, and other related topics. It’s also a bit of shameless self-promotion, since I have a chapter of my own featured (’Action, Animacy, and Substance Causation’).

The contributors include: John Haldane, Xavi Lanao, Nicholas Teh, Edward Feser, Robert Koons, Alexander Pruss, William Simpson, Tuomas Tahko, Christopher Austin, Anna Marmodoro, David Oderberg, Janice Chik, William Jaworski, and Daniel De Haan.

Available for pre-order here.

Here’s the abstract, from the editors: ‘The last two decades have seen two significant trends emerging within the philosophy of science: the rapid development and focus on the philosophy of the specialised sciences, and a resurgence of Aristotelian metaphysics, much of which is concerned with the possibility of emergence, as well as the ontological status and indispensability of dispositions and powers in science. Despite these recent trends, few Aristotelian metaphysicians have engaged directly with the philosophy of the specialised sciences. Additionally, the relationship between fundamental Aristotelian concepts―such as “hylomorphism”, “substance”, and “faculties"―and contemporary science has yet to receive a critical and systematic treatment. Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science aims to fill this gap in the literature by bringing together essays on the relationship between Aristotelianism and science that cut across interdisciplinary boundaries. The chapters in this volume are divided into two main sections covering the philosophy of physics and the philosophy of the life sciences. Featuring original contributions from distinguished and early-career scholars, this book will be of interest to specialists in analytical metaphysics and the philosophy of science.’