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Levels of reality and scales of application

Chapter


Abstract


  • [extract] Philosophers and scientists often describe theories, laws, and explanations as

    applying to the world at different 'levels'. This idea of a 'level of application' is

    often used to demarcate disciplinary or sub-disciplinary boundaries in the sciences.

    For instance, stoichiometric laws and quantum mechanical laws might

    be said to describe chemical phenomena at different levels. More generally,

    the idea of levels is used to distinguish more fundamental laws or theories

    from less fundamental ones: more fundamental theories are those that apply

    at more fundamental levels.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • McGivern, P. 2012, 'Levels of reality and scales of application', in A. Bird, B. Ellis & H. Sankey (eds), Properties, Powers and Structures: Issues in the Metaphysics of Realism, Routledge, New York. pp. 45-59.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84906598531

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1213

Book Title


  • Properties, Powers and Structures: Issues in the Metaphysics of Realism

Start Page


  • 45

End Page


  • 59

Abstract


  • [extract] Philosophers and scientists often describe theories, laws, and explanations as

    applying to the world at different 'levels'. This idea of a 'level of application' is

    often used to demarcate disciplinary or sub-disciplinary boundaries in the sciences.

    For instance, stoichiometric laws and quantum mechanical laws might

    be said to describe chemical phenomena at different levels. More generally,

    the idea of levels is used to distinguish more fundamental laws or theories

    from less fundamental ones: more fundamental theories are those that apply

    at more fundamental levels.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • McGivern, P. 2012, 'Levels of reality and scales of application', in A. Bird, B. Ellis & H. Sankey (eds), Properties, Powers and Structures: Issues in the Metaphysics of Realism, Routledge, New York. pp. 45-59.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84906598531

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1213

Book Title


  • Properties, Powers and Structures: Issues in the Metaphysics of Realism

Start Page


  • 45

End Page


  • 59