Experimental Metaphysics

This collection of 16 scientific and philosophical essays by leading physicists, philosophers and historians of science deals with current research and the most basic issues in quantum physics.

Experimental Metaphysics

Experimental Metaphysics is intended for theoretical physicists and philosophers of science and is devoted to fundamental issues in the quantum domain. The book presents a number of discussions of experiments, theoretical puzzles and alternative interpretations, and philosophical treatments of the metaphysical foundations of science and the way these throw a scientific light on metaphysics. Hence the title: `experimental metaphysics' is a term coined by Abner Shimony, to whom the book is dedicated. This collection of 16 scientific and philosophical essays by leading physicists, philosophers and historians of science deals with current research and the most basic issues in quantum physics.

Experimental Metaphysics

The volume brings together a range of views aimed at addressing the question of how cognitive science might be relevant to metaphysics.

Experimental Metaphysics

Metaphysics, almost entirely neglected by experimental philosophers, is the central focus of Experimental Metaphysics. The volume brings together a range of views aimed at addressing the question of how cognitive science might be relevant to metaphysics. With contributions from cognitive scientists and philosophers, chapters focus on theoretical and empirical issues involving the potential role of cognitive science in metaphysics. Alongside topics such as free will, objects and causation, in which relevant empirical evidence is discussed and connected to relevant metaphysical issues, more programmatic papers explore theoretical issues centered on the connection between cognitive science and metaphysics. This balanced approach exposes metaphysicians to philosophically relevant work in cognitive science, while showing cognitive scientists the ways in which their work might be important for philosophers. Presenting cutting-edge empirical and theoretical research, Experimental Metaphysics pushes forward the discussion and encourages further engagement with issues at the intersection of cognitive science and metaphysics.

Experimental Metaphysics

This collection of 16 scientific and philosophical essays by leading physicists, philosophers and historians of science deals with current research and the most basic issues in quantum physics.

Experimental Metaphysics

Experimental Metaphysics is intended for theoretical physicists and philosophers of science and is devoted to fundamental issues in the quantum domain. The book presents a number of discussions of experiments, theoretical puzzles and alternative interpretations, and philosophical treatments of the metaphysical foundations of science and the way these throw a scientific light on metaphysics. Hence the title: `experimental metaphysics' is a term coined by Abner Shimony, to whom the book is dedicated. This collection of 16 scientific and philosophical essays by leading physicists, philosophers and historians of science deals with current research and the most basic issues in quantum physics.

On the Metaphysics of Experimental Physics

Taking insights from contemporary science studies, continental philosophy, and the history of physics, this book describes and analyses the metaphysical presuppositions that underwrite the technological use of experimental apparatus and ...

On the Metaphysics of Experimental Physics

This provocative and critical work addresses the question of why scientific realists and positivists consider experimental physics to be a natural and empirical science. Taking insights from contemporary science studies, continental philosophy, and the history of physics, this book describes and analyses the metaphysical presuppositions that underwrite the technological use of experimental apparatus and instruments to explore, model, and understand nature. By revealing this metaphysical foundation, the author questions whether experimental physics is a natural and empirical science at all.

Experimental Metaphysics

( 109 ] “ On Carnap : Reflections of a Metaphysical Student ” , Synthese 93 261-274 . ... “ Non - Cyclic Geometric Phases in a Proposed Two - Photon Interferometric Experiment " , Journal of Physics A 26 5551-5567 .

Experimental Metaphysics


The Continuum Companion to Metaphysics

Experimental Metaphysics If metaphysicians can't reach an agreement on many of the most important issues in metaphysics, perhaps there is something wrong with the intuitions that undergird our belief in those things.

The Continuum Companion to Metaphysics

The Continuum Companion to Metaphysics offers the definitive guide to a key area of contemporary philosophy. The book covers all the fundamental questions asked in metaphysics - areas that have continued to attract interest historically as well as topics that have emerged more recently as active areas of research. Eleven specially commissioned essays from an international team of experts discuss research problems and methods in metaphysics, reveal where important work continues to be done in the area and, most valuably, indicate exciting new directions the field is taking. The Companion explores issues pertaining to modality, universals and abstract objects, naturalism and physicalism, mind, material constitution, endurantism and perdurantism, personal identity, personal identity, free will, and God. Featuring a series of indispensable research tools, including an A to Z index of key terms and concepts, a detailed list of research resources and a fully annotated bibliography, this is the essential reference tool for anyone working in contemporary metaphysics.

The Search for a Naturalistic World View Volume 1

The contextual hidden variables theories which are most relevant to the correlation experiments performed so far are those which ... Bell's work made possible , therefore , some near decisive results in experimental metaphysics .

The Search for a Naturalistic World View  Volume 1

This two-volume 1993 collection of his essays written over a period of forty years explores the interrelations between science and philosophy.

Physics Metaphysics and God

EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS FOR MACROSCOPIC SYSTEMS BEAM OF CARBON-60 MOLECULES In recent experiments physicists have observed wave-like behavior in a beam of carbon-60 molecules, showing that these molecules can exhibit wave as well as ...

Physics  Metaphysics  and God

"At long last, a promising dialogue between science and medicine has begun. A focal point of this discussion is healing and how it happens. Jack W. Geis shows how modern physics and spirituality are centrally involved in this debate. No one who is interested in the current interface between science, spirituality and medicine can afford to neglect his ideas."-Larry Dossey, MD, Author: Healing Beyond the Body, and Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine "This book introduces some of the most perplexing and exciting aspects of the revolution going on in physics today as it continues toward an increasingly metaphysical basis for defining reality. This exciting scientific revolution should be shared by everyone and the issues taken up in this book form a basis for that participation. That the math is not in the chalk is becoming increasingly evident, as well as the question as to which is more substantial."-Dr. Laurance R. Doyle, Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute

Combining Science and Metaphysics

It has the form E&H⇒P, where E is anaccepted theoryused todescribe the relevant experimental setup (here, quantummechanics asitis employed toperform actual testsof Bell's inequalities), H represents ageneral metaphysical hypothesis (in ...

Combining Science and Metaphysics

Offering a new perspective on the debate concerning naturalism in philosophy, this book defends the autonomy of metaphysics while also making science centre stage. Three independent case studies provide a clear introduction to, and discussion of, key philosophical issues.

Metaphysics and Cognitive Science

In D. Rose, ed., Experimental Metaphysics. New York: Bloomsbury, 197–206. Kriegel, U. (2017). Metaphysics and conceptual analysis: Experimental philosophy's place under the sun. In D. Rose, ed., Experimental Metaphysics.

Metaphysics and Cognitive Science

This volume illustrates how the methodology of metaphysics can be enriched with the help of cognitive science. Few philosophers nowadays would dispute the relevance of cognitive science to the metaphysics of mind, but this volume mainly concerns the relevance of metaphysics to phenomena that are not themselves mental. The volume is thus a departure from standard analytical metaphysics. Among the issues to which results from cognitive science are brought to bear are the metaphysics of time, of morality, of meaning, of modality, of objects, and of natural kinds, as well as whether God exists. A number of chapters address the enterprise of metaphysics in general. In traditional analytical metaphysics, intuitions play a prominent role in the construction of, and assessment of theories. Cognitive science can be brought to bear on the issue of the reliability of intuitions. Some chapters point out how results from cognitive science can be deployed to debunk certain intuitions, and some point out how results can be deployed to help vindicate certain intuitions. Many metaphysicians have taken to heart the moral that physics should be taken into account in addressing certain metaphysical issues. The overarching point of the volume is that in many instances beyond the nature of the mind itself, cognitive science should also be consulted.

From Physics to Metaphysics

3 EXPERIMENTAL METAPHYSICS ' Is IT POSSIBLE to bring experiments to bear on metaphysical theses such as realism ? In recent developments in quantum mechanics particularly associated with the late John Bell it has been claimed that a ...

From Physics to Metaphysics

Considers the relevance of modern theoretical physics to metaphysical questions about the nature of reality.

Experiment and Metaphysics

If, however, it is thought that the idea in question is to be tested by experiment, then it is entirely within the realm of ... that metaphysical propositions can be embodied in instruments (i.e., reduced to experimental propositions).

Experiment and Metaphysics

"Edgar Wind was one of the most distinguished art historians and philosophers of the twentieth century. He made crucial contributions to debates on aesthetics and on the interdisciplinary nature of cultural history involving such other leading figures as Ernst Cassirer and Erwin Panofsky. It is not always realised, however, that his early thinking was moulded by a concern with the German philosophical tradition, culminating in the analysis of the meaning and function of scientific experimentation and proof. This first edition in English of Edgar Wind's important work Das Experiment und die Metaphysik: Zur Auflosung der kosmologischen Antinomien (1934) also carries a new introduction by Matthew Rampley, placing Wind's philosophical thinking in context. The work is being published to coincide with the opening in 2000 of the Sackler Library at Oxford, which will include a Wind Reading Room."

Potentiality Entanglement and Passion at a Distance

Potentiality  Entanglement and Passion at a Distance

Potentiality, Entanglement and Passion-at-a-Distance is a book for theoretical physicists and philosophers of modern physics. It treats a puzzling and provocative aspect of recent quantum physics: the apparent interaction of certain physical events that cannot share any causal connection. These are said to be `entangled' in some way, but an explanation remains elusive. Abner Shimony - to whom the book is dedicated - and others suggest the need to revive the category of what may be seen as a metaphysical potentiality. Abner has described these events without actions to link them as `passion at a distance': not active, but passive. The discussions gathered here are written by a truly remarkable cast of scientists and philosophers and shed new light on the most profound puzzles of our times.

The Prince and the Wolf Latour and Harman at the LSE

And the question of experimental metaphysics, which is a term I introduce in Politics of Nature, is a very important thing to believe. It's experimental, because if we have to begin to agree about the furniture of the world (are the ...

The Prince and the Wolf  Latour and Harman at the LSE

The Prince and the Wolf contains the transcript of a debate which took place on 5th February 2008 at the London School of Economics (LSE) between the prominent French sociologist, anthropologist, and philosopher Bruno Latour and the Cairo-based American philosopher Graham Harman.

Analogia Entis Metaphysics

For even the most extreme instance of empirical experimental metaphysics cannot avoid a theoretical point of departure for its experiments (as Hugo Dingler has convincingly demonstrated). Every “it is assumed that” already implies an ...

Analogia Entis  Metaphysics

Although Erich Przywara (1889 1972) was one of the preeminent Catholic theologians of his time and a profound influence on such people as Hans Urs von Balthasar and Joseph Ratzinger, he has remained virtually unknown in North America. This volume includes Przywara s groundbreaking Analogia Entis, originally published in 1932, and his subsequent essays on the concept analogia entis -- the analogy between God and creation -- which has currency in philosophical and theological circles today.

Physics and Metaphysics in Descartes and in his Reception

Reasonable metaphysics can only consist, as does experimental physics, in the careful assembling of all these facts, in reducing them to a corpus of information, in explaining some by others, and in distinguishing those which ought to ...

Physics and Metaphysics in Descartes and in his Reception

This volume explores the relationship between physics and metaphysics in Descartes’ philosophy. According to the standard account, Descartes modified the objects of metaphysics and physics and inverted the order in which these two disciplines were traditionally studied. This book challenges the standard account in which Descartes prioritizes metaphysics over physics. It does so by taking into consideration the historical reception of Descartes and the ways in which Descartes himself reacted to these receptions in his own lifetime. The book stresses the diversity of these receptions by taking into account not only Cartesianisms but also anti-Cartesianisms, and by showing how they retroactively highlighted different aspects of Descartes’ works and theoretical choices. The historical aspect of the volume is unique in that it not only analyzes different constructions of Descartes that emerged in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, but also reflects on how his work was first read by philosophers across Europe. Taken together, the essays in this volume offer a fresh and up-to-date contribution to this important debate in early modern philosophy.

Against Continuity

Wolf, Latour first doubts and then simply denies having a metaphysical system (Latour et al. 2011: 41, 46). Following that, however, he immediately adds that he does have an 'experimental metaphysics'. That last distinction between ...

Against Continuity

Against Continuity is the first book to demonstrate that the beating heart of Gilles Deleuze's philosophy is a systematic ontology of irreducible, singular entities. This requires a radical break with decades of Deleuzian orthodoxy, according to which Deleuze's metaphysics revolves around the dissolution of discrete entities into a continuous world of flows and events.With reference to all of Deleuze's work, including published and untranslated seminars, as well as the recently published 'Lettres et autres textes', Arjen Kleinherenbrink critically compares Deleuze's ontology to seven related contemporary thinkers: Levi Bryant, Maurizio Ferraris, Markus Gabriel, Manuel DeLanda, Graham Harman, Tristan Garcia and Bruno Latour. These comparisons establish Deleuze as an important precursor to object-oriented speculative realism and open up exciting new avenues of thought for critics and supporters of Deleuze alike.

Comparative Metaphysics

Even Lévi-Strauss, that ambiguous paragon of anti-metaphysical scientism, though in fact the most philosophically minded of all ... between it and certain branches of philosophy, speculative or experimental metaphysics in particular.

Comparative Metaphysics

An advanced introduction to the new philosophical anthropology and an understanding of the most contemporary developments in it.