What Happened Before the Big Bang? The New Philosophy of Cosmology
Tim Maudlin: “There are problems that are fairly specific to cosmology. Standard cosmology, or what was considered standard cosmology twenty years ago, led people to the conclude that the universe…
A very interesting read. One that reminds me that we need to consider that people like Alfred North Whitehead did, in fact, exists as both physicists and philosophers. Whitehead even had a theory of relativity that competed with Einstein’s for a while. It lost out, as Einstein’s seemed to work best for predicting phenomena, but he was one of these people who was thinking along both lines.
Specifically, his formulation of process metaphysics (corrected, slightly, and very well, I think, by one of his “successors” Charles Hartshorne, a theologian) gives us a whole host of tools to take fundamental philosophical questions and find ways in which they can inform the physical world. An entire chapter of Process and Reality is devoted to recreating human concepts of mathematics and physics from the underlying metaphysics principles introduced in the book.