Metaphysics Within Physics

The Metaphysics Within Physics


Reading Recommendations in Philosophy of Science
What fundamental account of the world is implicit in physical theory? Physics straightforwardly postulates quarks and electrons, but what of the more intangible elements, such as laws of nature, universals, causation and the direction of time? Do they have a place in the physical structure of the world? Tim Maudlin argues that the ontology derived from physics takes a form quite different from those most commonly defended by philosophers. Physics postulates irreducible fundamental laws, esche… more about book…

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People who’ve offered analyses of causation? Sure. Start here. If you’re interested in the phil. of science angle, you might like David Lewis, Jim Woodward and Christopher Hitchcock, Bas van Fraassen (from a more skeptical angle), or Tim Maudlin

It’s nice to engage in generalizations about “people who try to discuss philosophy” without having read any of the literature yourself. The point is that the literature already does refute the “meat and bones of his positions.” Go do some reading.


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