Foundations: Clarity and Order

  • Mario Bunge
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 45)


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


Physical Theory Conceptual Analysis Axiom System Quantum Mechanical System Photon Mass 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Bunge
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  1. 1.Foundations and Philosophy of Science UnitMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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