In What's Wrong With Microphysicalism?, Andreas Hüttemann argues against the ontological priority of the microphysical, in favour of a ‘pluralism’ that accepts physical systems of all scales as interdependent equals. This is thoughtful and original work, deploying an understanding of the relevant physics to mount a serious challenge to the dominant microphysicalist view.

Microphysicalism, as Hüttemann characterizes it, is the thesis of the ‘ontological priority of the micro-level' (p. 7). As Kim puts it, the world is the way it is ‘because the micro-world is the way it is’ ([1984], p. 100). Hüttemann notes that microphysicalism comes in such specific forms as:

Micro-determination: ‘The behaviour or the properties of compound systems are determined by the behaviour or the...

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