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, they may suppose that such overlap motivates identifying the token features at issue, and hence the associated powers . If the Humean aims to be a non-reductive physicalist, they can reject this identification of features, on difference-making grounds (e .g ., of the sort associated with Mill

In: Metaphysics in Contemporary Physics
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, as well as in his studies on meteors and fossils. Skirting the question of the origin of life, he confines himself to underlining its essential character in a succinct definition: ‘Life itself: the act of living: vigour: verdancy’. 64 The vital functions of plants depend on the vegetative soul

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theses that had been maintained not only by Plato but also by Aristotle and the hermetic tradition, had stated that the celestial bodies are living beings, guided in their motions by a soul-mind in perfect resonance with the soul of the world. Using a suggestive metaphor, he had declared that the

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appear convincing, he invited the reader to refrain from scepticism because the figures of the limbs impressed by the king’s spirit on the honey and their progressive transformations through a process of maturation to become living organisms endowed with harmoniously disposed limbs could not be seen with

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equations generally covariant, this body of mathematics admitted remarkably few possibilities for the implementation of his theory. That fact is routinely used today in motivating Einstein’s theory. Hence it can come as a surprise to modern readers to learn that Einstein considered and rejected general

In: Idealist Alternatives to Materialist Philosophies of Science
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pretend that it captures the passionate energy of its author, a barely 37-year old Einstein at the moment of his greatest scientific creativity. Either way, it is an extraordinary idea. Our best theory of gravity and Einstein’s greatest contribution to modern physics is motivated in part by the need to

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work for the rest of his life: the attempt to define the true nature of plants and the conviction of the need to abolish, or at least attenuate, the traditional clear-cut division between the animal and plant kingdoms. The expression ‘Phytosophical lecture’ was to be echoed a quarter of a century

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difference a fundamental attribute might make . Can spatial distances be replaced by some other structure of an empir- ical surrogate? Yes, and such replacement is well-motivated when we are considering models of fundamental reality using a Lorentzian space-time for an arena, but let’s not over

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study of nature. Still motivated by his desire to please his Tuscan guest, Cesi stressed that a continuous growth of knowledge was produced not only by ‘remarkable instruments, the most rare and effective medicaments, fire-arms, weapons, defences, machines, devices to raise water’ but also by

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materialism in this list since, elsewhere in Chapter 3 , he argues that materialism—or at least consistent materialism—is inconsistent with science and, indeed, would make it impossible. Thus, in response to those who object that it is only a matter of time before our mental life is thoroughly explained in

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