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From Ought to Is: Physics and the Naturalistic Fallacy (2014)


n the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries there were many attempts to justify political and social systems on the basis of physics and astronomy. By the early twentieth century such moves increasingly also integrated the life and social sciences. The physical sciences gradually became less appealing as a sole source for sociopolitical thought. The details of this transition help explain the contemporary reluctance to capitalize on an ostensibly rich opportunity for naturalistic social reasoning: the anthropic principle in cosmology, which deals with the apparent fine-tuning of the universe for life.

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Article Milam, Erika Lorraine (2014) Focus: The Peculiar Persistence of the Naturalistic Fallacy. Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 564-568). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Kragh, Helge S.
M. Ortega-Rodríguez
K. Chaves-Cruz
A. Venegas-Li
M. Quirós-Rojas
M. Guevara-Bertsch
Physics in Perspective
American Scientist
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Perspectives on Science
European Physical Journal H
Westview Press
W. W. Norton & Co.
Prometheus Books
John Wiley & Sons
Carocci Editore
Quantum mechanics
Einstein, Albert
Thomsen, Hans Peter Jörgen Julius
Sommerfeld, Arnold Johannes Wilhelm
Rubin, Vera
Prout, William
Popper, Karl Raimund
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
Early modern
United States
Hubble Space Telescope

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