Foundations: Clarity and Order
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Most physicists can spare no time to analyse the very concepts, hypotheses, theories and rules they create or apply: they are too busy devising or using them. Which is just as well: it would be pedantic, and also hardly profitable, to press every particle physicist for a neat analysis of the very concept of particle. This does not mean that conceptual analysis lacks in value for physics: it is valuable but it need not engage everyone. Likewise only a fanatic would wish to proscribe conceptual analysis as a legitimate occupation of some physicists: after all, someone ought to analyse and even refine what others create. A large undertaking like physics takes all kinds: from experimentalists of various descriptions to theoreticians of all sorts: each of this species is needed to explore and understand nature
KeywordsPhysical Theory Conceptual Analysis Axiom System Quantum Mechanical System Photon Mass
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