The Metaphysics Within Physics

The Metaphysics Within Physics

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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, eschews universals, does not require a fundamental notion of causation, and makes room for the passage of time. In a series of linked essays The Metaphysics Within Physics outlines an approach to metaphysics opposed to the Humean reductionism that motivates much analytical metaphysics.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 157 x 234 x 12mm | 331g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199575371
  • 9780199575374
  • 484,495

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. A Modest Proposal Concerning Laws, Counterfacutals, and Explanations ; 2. Why Be Humean ; 3. Suggestions Form Physics For Deep Metaphysics ; 4. On the Passing of Time ; 5. Causation, Counterfactuals, and the Third Factor ; 6. The Whole Ball of Wax ; Epilogue: A Remark on the Method of Metaphysics
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Review from previous edition This is an elegantly written and enormously stimulating book. It is full of original, provocative, philosophical argumentation. Maudlin shows by example what it is to do the best kind of naturalized metaphysics: one based on thorough acquaintance with real science, but unwilling to accept a superficial analysis of how it bears on deep philosophical problems. Every metaphysician should read it and emulate Maudlin's method, even
when disagreeing with his conclusions. * Richard Healey, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
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About Tim Maudlin

Tim Maudlin is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
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