Hi Evgenii Rudnyi  

He's got it all mixed up.

Physics deals with objects extended in space. Things.
Metaphysics deals with inextended objects.  Ideas.


Roger Clough, rclo...@verizon.net 
10/7/2012  
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen 


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From: Evgenii Rudnyi  
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Time: 2012-10-06, 13:25:53 
Subject: Maxwell on Metaphysics and Theology 


I have read a nice paper 

Jordi Cat 
Into the ?egions of physical and metaphysical chaos?: Maxwell?  
scientific metaphysics and natural philosophy of action (agency,  
determinacy and necessity from theology, moral philosophy and history to  
mathematics, theory and experiment) 
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 43 (2012) 91?104 

It was interesting to see how questions discussed at this list (physics,  
theology, mind and body) have been answered by Maxwell. 

The abstract of the paper: 

"Maxwell? writings exhibit an enduring preoccupation with the role of  
metaphysics in the advancement of science, especially the progress of  
physics. I examine the question of the distinction and the proper  
relation between physics and metaphysics and the way in which the  
question relies on key notions that bring together much of Maxwell?  
natural philosophy, theoretical and experimental. Previous discussions  
of his attention to metaphysics have been confined to specific issues  
and polemics such as conceptions of matter and the problem of free will.  
I suggest a unifying pattern based on a generalized philosophical  
perspective and varying expressions, although never a systematic or  
articulated philosophical doctrine, but at least a theme of action and  
active powers, natural and human, intellectual and material, with  
sources and grounds in theology, moral philosophy and historical  
argument. While science was developing in the direction of professional  
specialization and alongside the rise of materialism, Maxwell held on to  
conservative intellectual outlook, but one that included a rich  
scientific life and held science as part of a rich intellectual,  
cultural and material life. His philosophical outlook integrated his  
science with and captured the new Victorian culture of construction and  
work, political, economic, artistic and engineering." 

Evgenii 
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http://blog.rudnyi.ru/2012/10/maxwell-on-metaphysics-and-theology.html 

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