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On the Metaphysics of Experimental Physics
     

On the Metaphysics of Experimental Physics

by K. Rogers
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403945280
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
04/15/2005
Edition description:
2005
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

Meet the Author

KARL ROGERS studied Physics and Philosophy at Lancaster University, UK. He received his PhD in the Philosophy of Science from the University of Bath, UK. He is a Research Fellow in Science Studies at Bath University and is the Co-founder of the John Dewey Center for Democracy and Education, Minneapolis.

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