Roman Z. Morawski, Technoscientific Research Methodological and Ethical Aspects, De Gruyter, 978-3-11-058406-6, 2019.
Unlike the bulk majority of texts on philosophy of science and research ethics, authored by professional philosophers, this book has been written by a research practitioner for research practitioners. It is distinctive by integrative approach to methodological and ethical issues related to research practice, by emphasising issues related to mathematical modelling and measurement, as well as by attempted application of engineering design methodology to moral decision making. It is also distinctive by a considerable number (over 200) specific examples, drawn from various domains of science and technology. This book is neither a philosophical treaty nor a quick-reference guide for Ph.D. students in a desperate need to make their theses satisfy minimum requirements in force in their domain of study. It is intended to be a bridge between research practice and philosophy of science: encouraging to deeper reflection, but also providing some practical advice.
The readers of this book are not expected to have any philosophical background. In case of necessity, they will be guided through sources of relevant information, very diversified in terms of language and content, and in terms of the level of advancement; a mild preference is given to the textbooks in which experts have already synthesised information from primary sources. This book can be a teaching aid for students attending classes (both lectures and tutorials) whose aims are the following: to broaden general philosophical knowledge, to identify methodological and ethical issues related to conducting scientific research, and to outline the methodology for analysing dilemmas arising in this context.
This book shows that the categorical ontology could serve as a basis for bonding mathematics, physics, and philosophy Category theory is a new formal ontology that shifts the main focus from objects to processes. The book approaches formal ontology in the original sense put forward by the philosopher Edmund Husserl, namely as a science that deals with entities that can be exemplified in all spheres and domains of reality. It is a dynamic, processual, and non-substantial ontology in which all entities can be treated as transformations, and in which objects are merely the sources and aims of these transformations.
Thus, in a rather surprising way, when employed as a formal ontology, category theory can unite seemingly disparate disciplines in contemporary science and the humanities, such as physics, mathematics and philosophy, but also computer and complex systems science.
The book is edited by Marek Kuś and Bartłomiej Skowron and is available on the publisher’s website: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030308957.
God, Truth, and other Enigmas, M. Szatkowski (ed.), Philosophical Analysis, De Gruyter Ontos, 2015.
The book God, Truth, and other Enigmas is a collection of eighteen essays that fall under four headings: (God’s) Existence/Non-Existence, Omniscience, Truth, and Metaphysical Enigmas. The essays vary widely in topic and tone. They provide the reader with an overview of contemporary philosophical approaches to the subjects that are indicated in the title of the book.
Substantiality and Causality, M. Szatkowski, M. Rosiak (eds.), Philosophical Analysis 60, De Gruyter Ontos, 2014.
The content of the volume is divided as follows: after presenting two rival approaches to substantiality and causality: a traditional (ontological) view vs. a transcendental one (Rosiak) there follow two sections: the first presents studies of substance as showing some causal aspects (Buchheim, Keinänen, Kovac, Piwowarczyk), whereas the other contains investigations of causality showing in a way its reference to the category of substance (Kobiela, Meixner, Mitscherling, Wroński). The last, short section contains two studies of extension (Leszczyński and Skowron) which can be regarded as a conceptual background of both substantiality and causality. The book gives a very colourful picture of the discussions connected with substantiality and causality which may be of potential interest for the readers.
Dualistic Ontology of the Human Person, M. Szatkowski (ed.), Philosophia, Munich 2013.
The authors (all but one) of this volume met in Warsaw on February 20 – 21, 2012 at the Ontological Workshop: E. J. Lowe’s Dualistic Ontology of the Human Person. The major goal was to discuss some of the issues of the ontology of the human person, with the special focus on the solutions proposed by E. J. Lowe. The organizers of the Workshop wanted to recognize the contribution of Prof. E. J. Lowe to formal ontology in general, and to the ontology of the human person in particular. The first part – Dualistic ontology of the human person: a general approach – comprises four papers which introduce the reader to the complex ontological issues involved in human personhood; this part does not focus on particular theories or opinions. The second part – Lowe’s ontology of the human person vis-à-vis other approaches – includes four papers. In one of them, “Body, Soul, and Self”, E. J. Lowe presents his own approach, whereas in the other three articles the authors refer to Lowe’s ontology and suggest their own solutions, or compare Lowe’s approach with other ones. In the four articles of the third part – Lowe-unoriented ontologies of the human person – different issues related to soul-body dualism are discussed, relativized to particular theories or opinions, but without any reference to Lowe’s approach.