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The Metaphysics Within Physics by Tim Maudlin

Subscriber Login Email Address. 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: How Physics Meets Epistemology

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. Why Be Humean 3.


On the Passing of Time 5. Causation, Counterfactuals, and the Third Factor 6.

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The Whole Ball of Wax Epilogue: A Remark on the Method of Metaphysics. It is full of original, provocative, philosophical argumentation. Maudlin shows by example what it is to do the best kind of naturalized metaphysics: Every metaphysician should read it and emulate Maudlin's method, even when disagreeing with his conclusions.

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