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Introduction to Dynamical Philosophy

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Synopsis: A primer to the author’s Pneumatology of Matter, this book treats in a concise but popular manner a central theme of the earlier work: the long-running controversy between dynamical philosophy, which asserts that concepts of physical force or action are essential to understanding Nature, and mathematical philosophy, which holds that mathematics (together with observation and experiment) is sufficient for physics. Against the recent favor shown to mathematical philosophy, this work argues the case for dynamical philosophy, by appealing to the historical development of physical theory and to its present-day form, as well as to considerations of a more philosophical nature. It is pointed out, for example, that physics became viable as a science only once certain mathematicians of the first rank (Newton and Leibniz) rejected mathematical philosophy and developed dynamical alternatives. Among the more important consequences of dynamical philosophy are the following: (1) that physics can explain as well as describe natural phenomena—it can answer “why” questions as well as “how” questions—contrary to what mathematical philosophy is sometimes taken to imply; (2) that physics might even be able to explain the existence of matter, thereby precluding transcendental or theological explanations of material existence—a possibility shown to be actual in the Pneumatology.

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