Physicists, stop the churlishness
June 8, 2012
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urges Jim Holt (author of this piece for Lingua Franca on the Soames/Smith APA debate) in the NY Times. Article here. This is in light of this piece by Lawrence Krauss, which prompted responses that ProPhi linked to here, here, here, and here.
Physicists say they do not need any help from philosophers. But sometimes physicists are, whether they realize it or not, actually engaging in philosophy themselves. And some of them do it quite well. Mr. Weinberg, for instance, has written brilliantly on the limits of scientific explanation — which is, after all, a philosophical issue. It is also an issue about which contemporary philosophers have interesting things to say.
Edit: link corrected.