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Physics and metaphysics: interaction or autonomy?

Dorato, Mauro (2010) Physics and metaphysics: interaction or autonomy? [Preprint]

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In this paper it is argued that if physics is to become a coherent metaphysics of nature, it needs an interpretation, namely (i) a clear formulation of its ontological/metaphysical claims and (ii) and a precise understanding of how such claims are related to the world of our experience, which is the most important reservoir of traditional, merely aprioristic metaphysical speculations. Such speculations − especially if conducted in full autonomy from physics, or imposed upon it “from the outside” − risk to turn analytic metaphysics into a “rigorous” but fully sterile intellectual game.


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Dorato, Mauro
Keywords: Metaphysics, Physics, Analytic Philosophy, History of Science
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Mauro Dorato
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2010
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:19
Item ID: 5318
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5318

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