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.
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The Metaphysics Within Physics book. Tim Maudlin argues that the ontology derived from physics takes a form quite different from those most commonly defended by philosophers.
Maudlin's Metaphysics within Physics sweeps away some of the philosophical cobwebs that entangle anyone trying to develop a coherent metaphysical position. A few threads in that web are Kant, Hume, Carnap, Lewis, empiricism, logical positivism, etc. The book pulls together five essays of the author on causation, time and laws of nature. It is argued that traditional philosophical ontologies must yield to scientific descriptions of nature, whenever these descriptions do not translate well into the traditional framework.
Tim Maudlin's book The Metaphysics within Physics (Oxford University Press, 2007, since now on ‗MWP') is a collection of six essays written over a span of over a decade. Although thought of as independent and self-contained, they clearly constitute a consistent, unified proposal for a physics-based ontology. Many before Maudlin thought that ontology should be informed by, if not derived from, physics. What is peculiar with his proposal is not so much that physics inspires his ontology, but that in deriving metaphysical lessons from physics, he is not driven by empiricist scruples
The basic idea of Maudlin's superb book is methodological: ‘metaphysics, insofar as it is concerned with the natural world, can do no better than to reflect on physics. Physical theories provide us with the best handle we have on what there is, and the philosopher's proper task is the interpretation and elucidation of those theories. In particular, when choosing the fundamental posits of one's ontology, one must look to scientific practice rather than to philosophical prejudice’.
Tim Maudlin, The Metaphysics Within Physics, Oxford University Press, 2007, 197pp. This brief but fertile volume develops and defends the basic idea that "metaphysics, in so far as it is concerned with the natural world, can do no better than to reflect on physics. Maudlin proposes to build on a foundation in which laws of nature and a directed time are assumed as primitives which generate the cosmic pattern of events - observable or not. Physical modality follows readily, but (he argues) physics does not itself employ a notion of causation. So causal and counterfactual locutions are fit candidates for an analysis that will supplement physical law with pragmatic factors, while metaphysical possibility is suspect beyond the bounds of physical possibility.
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Format Paperback 208 pages. Dimensions 157 x 234 x 12mm 331g. Publication date 18 Jan 2010. Publisher Oxford University Press. Publication City/Country Oxford, United Kingdom.