Articles, essays, books, etc.

The writings listed on this page provide insight into the kinds of scientific and philosophical issues that the ISN explores through study and dialog.

Modern “emergentism” and the rediscovery of “natures,” forms, and purpose:

Robert Laughlin, A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics from the Bottom Down (Basic Books, 2005).

Nancy Cartwright, How the Laws of Physics Lie (Oxford University Press, 1981); Nature's Capacities and Their Measurement (Oxford University Press, 1989); and The Dappled World: A Study of the Boundaries of Science (Cambridge University Press, 1999).

Alex Pruss, “Aristotelian Forms and Laws of Nature,” an analytic philosopher looks at the core Aristotelian concept of substantial form (paper submitted for publication).

James Barham (Fellow of the ISN), “The Emergence of Biological Value” (PDF format, zipped), from Dembski & Ruse, Debating Design (Cambridge University Press, 2004); “The Reality of Purpose and the Reform of Naturalism,” Philosophia Naturalis (2007), 44:31-52 (PDF format, zipped).

Anti-reductionism/holism, complexity, structuralism:

Mariam Thalos, “Nonreductive Physics,” Synthese, 149 (2006), 133-178 (PDF format, zipped).

Marc Van Regenmortel entitled “Reductionism and complexity in molecular biology,” EMBO Reports (Vol. 5, No. 11, 2004) (PDF format, zipped).

Franklin Harold, The Way of the Cell (Oxford University Press, 2003).

Stanley Salthe, Evolving Hierarchical Systems (Columbia University Press, 1985).

Brian Goodwin, How the Leopard Changed Its Spots: The Evolution of Complexity (Princeton University Press, 2001).

See also the talk in ISN's "Insurgent Science Series" "A Pattern Language for Animal Form" by Stuart Newman.

On the relation between modern science and neo-Aristotelian philosophy:

Michael Augros (Fellow of the ISN), “Reconciling Science with Natural Philosophy,” The Thomist 68 (2004), pp.105-41 (local link because no longer available on The Thomist website).

Mortimer J. Adler, “The Questions Science Cannot Answer,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists XIII, April 1957.

Mortimer J. Adler, “The Basic Difference Between Science and Philosophy,” from The Four Dimensions of Philosophy: Metaphysical, Moral, Objective, Categorical (Macmillan, 1993).

Lamont, “Fall and Rise of Aristotelian Metaphysics in the Philosophy of Science (PDF),” Science & Education (2007), Vol. 18, Nos 6-7, pp.861-884. (PDF format, zipped)

An application of the insights of classical philosophy to modern scienctific issues took place in a lecture in the ISN's "Insurgent Science Series": see "A Bigger Physics" by Michael Augros.

Neo-Aristotelian philosophical accounts of modern biology and its limits:

Dr. Leon Kass, “The Permanent Limitations of Biology,” from Life, Liberty, and the Defense of Dignity (Encounter Books, 2002).

Charles DeKoninck, “The Lifeless World of Biology” (PDF format, zipped), from The Hollow Universe (Oxford University Press, 1960).

On the relation between modern physics and neo-Aristotelianism:

An good overview of some of the issues can be found in an unpublished essay "On Aristotelian, Classical, and Quantum Physics" (PDF format, zipped) by Dr. Richard F. Hassing (Fellow of the ISN; Associate Professor of Philosophy, Catholic University of America; PhD from Cornell University in theoretical physics); also, see generally articles on the home page of Dr. Hassing.


This page last updated on February 19, 2014