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Jonathan L. Kvanvig

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199603213

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603213.001.0001

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Prolegomena to Any Future Physics-Based Metaphysics

Prolegomena to Any Future Physics-Based Metaphysics

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(p.142) 8 Prolegomena to Any Future Physics-Based Metaphysics
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Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 3
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Bradley Monton (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603213.003.0008

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

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