A Revealing Parallel Between Husserl’s Philosophy of Science and Today’s Scientific Metaphysics

Egg, Matthias (2020). A Revealing Parallel Between Husserl’s Philosophy of Science and Today’s Scientific Metaphysics. In: Wiltsche, Harald A.; Berghofer, Philipp (eds.) Phenomenological Approaches to Physics. Synthese Library: Vol. 429 (pp. 125-133). Cham: Springer 10.1007/978-3-030-46973-3_6

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One of the central motivations for Husserl to develop his transcendental phenomenology is what he perceives as the crisis of the sciences of his time (physics in particular), which have forgotten their meaning-fundament by substituting the life-world with mathematically structured idealities and mistaking the latter for true being. It thus seems that Husserl would have had little sympathy for today’s attempts to draw metaphysical conclusions from highly mathematized scientific theories within the project known as scientific metaphysics. Nevertheless, I argue in this chapter that there is an important parallel between Husserl’s approach to science and the currently most influential version of scientific metaphysics. As a consequence, I will show that a certain line of criticism against Husserl’s phenomenology holds important lessons for the contemporary debate on scientific metaphysics.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy > Theoretical Philosophy

UniBE Contributor:

Egg, Matthias

Subjects:

100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 110 Metaphysics
100 Philosophy > 140 Philosophical schools of thought

ISBN:

978-3-030-46972-6

Series:

Synthese Library

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Matthias Peter Egg

Date Deposited:

05 May 2021 06:32

Last Modified:

05 May 2021 06:32

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/978-3-030-46973-3_6

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/155120

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/155120

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