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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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General Introduction. Second Generation Scientific-Ontological Categories

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The present monograph on the ontological foundations of physics and physical existence constructs the categories of Einaic Ontology and attempts to answer the question: Can physics be done without the dimension of foundational categories of metaphysics / ontology? The adjective ‘Einaic’ is from the Greek Einai, “To Be”. Einaic Ontology studies the whole Reality and the highest conceptual ideals of thought in terms of the To Be of Reality-in-total (hereafter whenever possible, termed ‘Reality’). The process of constructing a system that answers the above question gives rise to a set of mutually collusive and maximal case categories for second generation scientific ontologies. These categories are maximally collusive: each of them “plays together” with the others of them maximally.

To achieve this aim, the work (1) synthesizes Kant’s phenomena and noumena, (2) discusses the cosmic ontology of Reality-in-total presupposed in the physical sciences through trans-phenomenalistic, trans-instrumentalistic interpretations of causality, continuity, values of velocity, objectuality, objectivity and other notions in QM and STR, (3) moves to a viable epistemology of connotative universals and their Gödelian connotative probabilism necessarily implied by the cosmic ontology of Reality, and then (4) develops the foundational categories of the ontology that pertains to Reality, and characterizes the categories by an episemological version of the implications of Gödelian probabilism and an ontological version of the implications of Quine’s semantic holism. This provide the essential trans-scientific touch to ontology. It necessitates ontological and epistemological probabilism, an infinite, infinitesimal and objectual causalism, transcending of...

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