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The Metaphysics Within Physics

Tim Maudlin


What fundamental account of the world is implicit in physical theory? Physics straightforwardly postulates quarks and electrons, but what of the more intangible elements, such as laws of nature, universals, and the direction of time? Do they have a place in the physical structure of the world? This book 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. The book ... More

Keywords: physical theory, intangible elements, laws of nature, universals, causation, time

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199218219
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218219.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Maudlin, author
Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, New Jersey
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