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Prolegomena to Any Future Physics-Based Metaphysics

Bradley Monton

in Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 3

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603213
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725388 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603213.003.0008

Series: Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion

Prolegomena to Any Future Physics-Based Metaphysics

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Philosophers of religion sometimes appeal to physics to provide support for the hypothesis that God exists. More generally, metaphysicians sometimes appeal to physics to provide support for claims about the fundamental nature of the world. But given the current state of inquiry in physics, where the two most fundamental theories are incompatible, such arguments of physics-based metaphysics are problematic. This chapter supports this line of thought by focusing on two sorts of problematic arguments, special-relativity-based arguments against presentism and big-bang-based arguments in favor of the existence of God. The chapter is not arguing that physics-based metaphysics can't be done; the chapter is just arguing that extant examples of physics-based metaphysics are flawed. The chapter closes by considering various ways that future versions of physics-based metaphysics could potentially be successful.

Keywords: physics; metaphysics; special relativity; presentism; big bang

Chapter.  9989 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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