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Physics without Metaphysics?

With an Appraisal by Prof. Saju Chackalackal

Raphael Neelamkavil

This study discusses the substance-tradition from Aristotle to Kant, Gödel, Quine, Strawson, Armstrong and others, the concept of matter and causation in quantum physics, Being-thinking from Aristotle to Heidegger, and system-building from Plato to Whitehead. It synthesizes the Kantian phenomena-noumena, extends the Quinean ontological commitment, creates a Gödelian foundationalist truth-probabilism, relativizes the Whiteheadian actual entity, extends the Aristotelian-Heideggerian Being to a nomic-nominal, verbal-processual To Be and overhauls perspectival-absolutist, non-foundationalist and relativist concepts of Reality. The resulting scientific ontology is termed Einaic Ontology for maximalist, mutually collusive, categorial reasons. The Appendix explains Heidegger’s anthropologized Being as ontologically and cosmologically defective.
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Chapter 3. Ontolgoical Categorial Transcendental of Reality-in-total

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Introduction

The mode of procedure here differs from Chapters 1 and 2. First I put down the ontological conclusions facilitated by those chapters and proceed to critically overcome the semblances of objectual ontology by going beyond particularistic ontological commitment in the work of Willard van Orman Quine, who has produced a typically particularist analytic ontology. I take for granted that most analytic and scientific ontologies and the objectual and nonconceptual counterpart of probability-makers attainable in them are particularistic. I take up Quine’s unique concept of ontological commitment and its implications for a more adequate ontology in order to overcome its particularism by Einaic Ontology. This makes our results extendable to other particularist ontologies. Then I move to the two categories derived in Chapters 1 and 2 and connect them with the To Be of Reality for ontological discourse.

Though Russell, Carnap, Putnam and others are a must for an ontological discourse taking shape from the analytical, such references are minimal. Nevertheless, the ontological implications (existence, particularism, truth, causation, measurement etc. based on the nearest available qualia) of their work are presupposed, from which one can proceed to juxtapose them via Quine with the Einaic objectual-causal ontology. I begin with ontological commitment in Quine and extend it beyond its particularistic limits. It will be done in such a way that the inevitability and merits of involving To Be even in ontologies of the particular will be stressed. I do not discuss possible worlds here, though...

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