Idealist Alternatives to Materialist Philosophies of Science (ed. Philip MacEwen) makes the case that there are other, and arguably better, ways of understanding science than materialism. Philosophical idealism leads the list of challengers but critical realism and various forms of pluralism are fully articulated as well. To ensure that the incumbent is adequately represented, the volume includes a major defence of materialism/naturalism from Anaxagoras to the present. Contributors include Leslie Armour, John D. Norton, and Fred Wilson with a Foreword by Nicholas Rescher. For anyone interested in whether materialism has a monopoly on science, this volume presents a good case for materialism but a better one for its alternatives.
Philip MacEwen teaches in the Departments of Philosophy and Humanities, York University. He has published articles in many anthologies and journals including
Idealistic Studies, and
Canadian Public Administration.
"...the book contains a good selection of topics and arguments in the current debate on the prospects of idealism as a metaphysical position in philosophy of science..." - Atle O. Søvik (Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society),
Theologische Literaturzeitung 146 (2021) 5.
Nicholas Rescher Preface
Philip MacEwen List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Philip MacEwen 1 The Things that Fill the World
Leslie Armour 2 Science and the Humanities in Hume’s Philosophy of Religion
Philip MacEwen 3 Idealism and Philosophy of Science
Hugo Meynell 4 Philosophy in Einstein’s Science
John D. Norton 5 Nature, God, and Scientific Method
Edward L. Schoen 6 Charles De Koninck, John Leslie, and the Conceptual Parameters of Science
Elizabeth Trott 7 Idealism and Naturalism: a Really Old Story Re-Told with Variations
Fred Wilson 8 Bradleyan Idealism and Philosophical Materialism
Anyone interested in the philosophy of science in both its historical and systematic settings and all who wonder what kinds of things fill the world.