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Why History Matters to Philosophy of Physics (2015)


Naturalized metaphysics remains the default presupposition of much contemporary philosophy of physics. As metaphysics is supposed to concern the general structure of reality, so scientific naturalism draws upon our best physical theories to attempt to answer the foundational question “par excellence ” viz., “how could the world possibly be the way this theory says it is?” A particular case study, Hilbert's attempt to analyze and explain a seeming “pre-established harmony” between mind and nature, is offered as a salutary reminder that naturalism's ready inference from physical theory to ontology may be too quick.

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Article Theodore Arabatzis; Don Howard (2015) Introduction: Integrated History and Philosophy of Science in Practice. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (pp. 1-3). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Sauer, Tilman
Rowe, David E.
Moore, Gregory H.
Wuensch, Daniela
Corry, Leo
Ross, Don
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Physics in Perspective
Historia Mathematica
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Science and Education
Oxford University Press
University of British Columbia (Canada)
University of Victoria (Canada)
Texas A and M University
Naturalism (philosophy)
Relativity, general
Science and religion
Hilbert, David
Einstein, Albert
Levi-Civita, Tullio
Grossmann, Marcus A.
Russell, Bertrand Arthur William
Weyl, Hermann
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
17th century
20th century, late
Early modern
United States
Great Britain
Universität Göttingen
Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

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