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Physics And Metaphysics / Edition 1

Physics And Metaphysics / Edition 1

by Jennifer Trusted


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Jennifer Trusted's new book argues that metaphysical beliefs are essential for scientific inquiry. The theories, presuppositions and beliefs that neither science nor everyday experience can justify are the realm of metaphysics, literally 'beyond physics'. These basic beliefs form a framework for our activities and can be discovered in science, common sense and religion. By examining the history of science from the eleventh century to the present, this book shows how religious and mystical beliefs, as well as philosophical speculation have had a considerable role in motivating scientists and inspiring scientific inquiry.
Physics and Metaphysics presupposes no technical knowledge of either philosophy or science. It is an ideal introduction to science and the important forces that have shaped its history and ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415059480
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/25/1991
Edition description: ANN
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

1. The Ordered Cosmos 2. Old Beliefs and New Ideas 3. Chaos 4. The Search for a New Order 5. The Grand Design 6. The Age of Reason 7. The Age of Experience 8. Problems: Energy and Ether 9. Revolution 10. Physics and Metaphysics

October, 1991)

themselves in support of her thesis. The book is highly recommended for all beginning students of the philosophy and history of science (Choice)

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