By Harold H. Oliver (auth.)

ISBN-10: 940098250X

ISBN-13: 9789400982505

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C. S. Peirce's indictment that "the leader explanation for [metaphysics'] backward is that its major professors were theo­ (Collected Papers 6:3) falls seriously at my door. For it logians" used to be out of mirrored image upon non secular adventure and its which means that the current relational metaphysic was once conceived. My desire, even though, is that its scope is adequately wider than its theological origins to justify its visual appeal as a piece in philosophy. Having been nurtured in existential philosophy and having reached a few degree of adulthood with the clever assistance of Professor Dr. Fritz Buri, of Basel, I got here to suppose that theology as a latest self-discipline had reached an deadlock due to its overextended commitments to a subject-object paradigm of suggestion. Even these theologians who despaired of those ties appeared not able to discover an autonomous replacement idiom for his or her rules. A moment rigidity in my pondering resulted from the inordinate forget through theologians of the wildlife. additionally, my traditional curiosity in actual knowing appeared unfulfilled in the slim confines of theology, even of philosophical theology as then practiced. As I became decisively towards the learn of recent physics, and particularly of cosmology, a brand new global looked as if it would divulge heart's contents to me. After vast research with well-known astronomers and physicists, it all started to sunrise on me that the hot physics has devised conceptual paradigms of suggestion which can be generalized right into a metaphysical method of common interest.

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Einstein's unification of geometry and physics entailed an allegiance to metrical geometry which not all (inCluding Whitehead) have found satisfactory. "148 It is fairly easy to show, on the other hand, that Einstein was concerned about the correlation of his predictions with astronomical research. 149 Perhaps the answer to this complex question is that Einstein knew that empirical research can falsify a theory, even though it can never be said to "verify" it. ISO The General Theory has experienced something of a revival in recent years and, for whatever reason, tests of its predictions continue to be made.

136 Dampier's definition of "materialism," a word coined in the eighteenth century, in Newtonian terms is not question-begging; Newton's atoms were implied in his laws, or so it was thought then, and the acceptance of the latter had as its consequence the rise of modem atomism. This sequence was not a logically necessary one; for Kant, because of his attention to Leibniz, did not draw the same conclusion. But for all his independence, Kant lived in the same disenchanted world of phenomena. Even though Kant transcended his philosophical contemporaries by bringing "humanity and nature together under the seamless robe of reason," 137 it would be unperceptive to miss the fact that from then on, contrary to Newton's maieutic intention, Nature would be the stillborn world of Newtonian physics.

69 Newton's immediate success in the eighteenth century was to have momentous consequences for both science and philosophy. I shall explore only one aspect of this influence, namely, on the philosophical work of Immanuel Kant whose debt to Newton needs to be more fully explicated. B. KANT'S CRITICAL PHILOSOPHY AND ITS ROOTS IN PHYSICS The interpretation of Kant has been one of the most difficult problems in modem philosophy. What often begins as an effort to understand reason and experience through Kant's help, ironically becomes for many a quest simply to understand Kant.

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