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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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I develop in the present work a new set of system-building categories and a new truth-probabilistic scientific ontology from these categories. They have taken shape from the vantage of my critiques: (1) of the basic question of causality in Quantum Mechanics (QM), (2) of the question of the limiting velocity in Special Theory of Relativity (STR), (3) of some purely ontological and epistemological questions in the Philosophy of Physics and Causality, in Analytic and Possible-Worlds Metaphysics, Epistemology etc., and (4) of some seminal concepts in Aristotle, Kant, Einstein, Bohr, Whitehead, Gödel, Quine, Strawson, Husserl, Heidegger, Armstrong, Musgrave, van Fraassen, Field, Carroll, Stenlund, Aspect etc. The new systemic and scientific-ontological categories proposed here invite the attention of philosophers of physics, analytic ontologists, phenomenologists and metaphysicians. The QM- and STR aspects of causality are studied elaborately in my doctoral work, published under the title: Causal Ubiquity in Quantum Physics: A Superluminal and Local-Causal Physical Ontology (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2014, 361 pp.).

My inspiration for the present volume has primarily been decades-long efforts to critically understand anew the Philosophies of Being, Nature, Knowledge and the Divine and to base them on a cosmology-compatible ontological system. To begin with, such personal readings and enthusiastic discussions with Father Jacob Achandy many times every month, for three-and-a-half years from the age of 13, nurtured in me passion for Cosmology, Philosophy of Physics / Cosmos and Metaphysics. I admit also the vantage obtained thereafter from detailed and critical reading of (1) Russell’s...

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