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Basic Structures of RealityEssays in Meta-Physics$
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Colin McGinn

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199841103

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841103.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Philosophy and Physics

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(p.2) (p.3) Introduction
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Basic Structures of Reality
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Colin McGinn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841103.003.0001

This introductory chapter explains the themes addressed in this book and the book's author's general orientation. It recounts the author's decision to study physics and its philosophy, despite the fact that he had no real background in physics as a science and had not seriously worked on the philosophy of physics before. It sets out the purpose of the book, which is to present philosophical reflections on basic physics, accessible without a grasp of the technical and mathematical subtleties. Instead of practicing the philosophy of physics as an arcane specialism, the book seeks to unify it with philosophy as a whole. Two concerns dominate the chapters that follow: the kind of knowledge of reality physics affords, and the nature of the basic ontology of physics.

Keywords:   physics, philosophy, reality, philosophical reflections

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