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How to combine and not to combine physics and metaphysics

Dorato, Mauro (2012) How to combine and not to combine physics and metaphysics. [Preprint]

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    In this paper I will argue that if physics is to become a coherent metaphysics of nature it needs an “interpretation”. As I understand it, an interpretation of a physical theory amounts to offering (1) a precise formulation of its ontological claims and (2) a clear account of how such claims are related to the world of our experience. Notably, metaphysics enters importantly in both tasks: in (1), because interpreting our best physical theories requires going beyond a merely instrumentalist view of science and therefore using our best metaphysical theories; in (2), because a philosophical elaboration of the theories of the world that are implicit in our experience is one of the tasks of analytic metaphysics, and bridging possible explanatory gaps or even conflicts between the physical image and the manifest image of the world is a typical philosophical task that involves science and metaphysics


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: physics, metaphysics, modality, possibility, time, quantum mechanics, interpretation, manifest image, scientific image
    Subjects: General Issues > Causation
    General Issues > Philosophers of Science
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Depositing User: Mauro Dorato
    Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2012 08:11
    Last Modified: 02 Jun 2012 08:11
    Item ID: 9132
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9132

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