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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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Motion, Change, and Physics

Motion, Change, and Physics

(p.96) 4 Motion, Change, and Physics
Basic Structures of Reality

Colin McGinn

Oxford University Press

In his article on motion in the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, the distinguished historian and philosopher of physics Max Jammer writes: “The predominant role of the concept of motion in physical science poses a problem of great importance to philosophy. Why is it that all processes, laws, and formulas of physics—and modern physics is no exception—ultimately refer to motion, and why is it that even problems in statics, the science of equilibrium and absence of motion, are solved in terms of fictitious motions and virtual velocities?”. This chapter proposes an answer to this question.

Keywords:   motion, physical science, philosophy, Max Jammer

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