Review of Metaphysics 57 (3):631-633 (2004)
AbstractThat theme is that effects should be spatiotemporally local to their causes, and so electromagnetic and strong nuclear forces in particular cannot act at a distance. Lange’s key step in arguing for spatiotemporal locality is to argue that fields produced by these forces are ontologically real, contacting the objects causing, and affected by, those fields. In the process of his argument, Lange discusses classical, special-relativistic, and quantum mechanics, as well as metaphysical topics such as realism and causality. Lange also provides a sociological critique of the sometimes inconsistent, sometimes dismissive, attitudes of some scientists and textbooks toward questions of realism. Lange generally succeeds in convincing the reader that such questions are relevant to both philosophy and physics.
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads
References found in this work
No references found.
Citations of this work
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Introduction to the Philosophy of Physics: Volume 2 of the North-Holland Series, the Handbook of the Philosophy of Science.Jeremy Butterfield & John Earman - unknown
Appearance and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Physics.Peter Kosso - 1998 - Oxford University Press.
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Physics: Locality, Fields, Energy, and Mass.Marc Lange - 2002 - Blackwell.
Symmetries in Physics: Philosophical Reflections.Katherine Brading & Elena Castellani (eds.) - 2002 - Cambridge University Press.
An Introduction to Scale Coordinate Physics: An Introduction to the Formalization of the Macro Operational Point of View.William Bender - 1958 - Minneapolis, Burgess Pub. Co..
Physics at Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Leiden: Philosophy and the New Science in the University: Philosophy and the New Science in the University.Edward G. Ruestow - 1973 - The Hague: M. Nijhoff.
Essays 1932-1957 on Atomic Physics and Human Knowledge.Niels Bohr - 1958 - Ox Bow Press.
Bit-String Physics: A Finite and Discrete Approach to Natural Philosophy.H. Pierre Noyes - 2001 - World Scientific.
Introduction to the Physics of Complex Systems: The Mesoscopic Approach to Fluctuations, Non Linearity, and Self-Organization.Roberto Serra (ed.) - 1986 - Pergamon Press.
What Is and Why Do We Need Philosophy of Physics?Meinard Kuhlmann & Wolfgang Pietsch - 2012 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 43 (2):209-214.
Introduction to the Theory of Relativity and the Principles of Modern Physics.Hüseyin Yílmaz - 1965 - New York: Blaisdell Pub. Co..