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Physics Avoidance: and other essays in conceptual strategy

Mark Wilson


“Physics avoidance” refers to the fact that we frequently cannot reason about nature in the straightforward manner we anticipate, but must seek alternate policies to address the questions we want answered in a tractable way. Within both science and everyday life, we find ourselves tacitly relying upon thought processes that reach useful answers in opaque and roundabout manners. Conceptual innovators are often puzzled by the techniques they develop, when they stumble across reasoning patterns that are easy to implement but difficult to justify. But simple techniques frequently rest upon complex ... More

Keywords: concept, cause, philosophy, science, strategy, reasoning, metaphysics, language, scales

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198803478
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198803478.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Wilson, author
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh