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The Scientist as Philosopher

By Friedel Weinert

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NoThis paper examines how such fundamental notions as causality and determinism have undergone changes as a direct result of empirical discoveries. Although such notions are often regarded as metaphysical or a priori concepts, experimental discoveries at the beginning of this century┬┐radioactive decay, blackbody radiation and spontaneous emission-led to a direct questioning of the notions of causality and determinism. Experimental evidence suggests that these two notions must be separated. Causality and indeterminism are compatible with the behavior of quantum-mechanical systems. The argument also sheds some light on the Duhem-Quine thesis, since experimental results at the periphery of the conceptual scheme directly affect conceptions at the very core

Topics: Science, ; Philosophy, ; Causation, ; Quantum theory, ; Special theory of relativity, ; Time
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:bradscholars.brad.ac.uk:10454/2852
Provided by: Bradford Scholars
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