On the Metaphysics of Experimental Physics

  • Authors
  • Karl Rogers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Karl Rogers
    Pages 35-73
  3. Karl Rogers
    Pages 185-223
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 224-252

About this book


This provocative and critical work addresses the question of why scientific realists and positivists consider experimental physics to be a natural and empirical science. Taking insights from contemporary science studies, continental philosophy, and the history of physics, this book describes and analyses the metaphysical presuppositions that underwrite the technological use of experimental apparatus and instruments to explore, model, and understand nature. By revealing this metaphysical foundation, the author questions whether experimental physics is a natural and empirical science at all.


metaphor metaphysics philosophy physics science theory of science truth

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230505100
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2005
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-52292-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-50510-0
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