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How does physics bear upon metaphysics; and why did Plato hold that philosophy cannot be written down?

Stein, Howard (2014) How does physics bear upon metaphysics; and why did Plato hold that philosophy cannot be written down? [Preprint]

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The paper begins with consideration of Plato and Aristotle, but the question addressed in this essay is the following: What has been meant--and what role has been played--in the succession of doctrines of physics we have had since the seventeenth century, by notions (not necessarily technical) of “power” and of “cause”? The essay concludes with consideration of (classical) field theories set in relativistic space-time.


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Stein, Howard
Additional Information: Unpublished work posted with the permission of the author.
Keywords: power, cause, causation, fields, field theories, Newton, Maxwell
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Admin Bryan R
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2014 08:29
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 08:29
Item ID: 10635
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
Date: 2014
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10635

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