Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 13, No 3 (2017)

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Science, Philosophy and the Return of Time: Reflections on Speculative Thought

Matthew McManus


My paper is conceived as a critical contribution to this growing literature, intended to clarify certain problematic controversies in fundamental ontology.  In particular, I will analyze the ontological project Roberto Unger, and Lee Smolin.  who have developed the most systematic philosophy in the continental tradition, and who draw on mathematics and science as a source of philosophical inspiration.  While I admire the philosophy of nature developed by Unger and Smolin, this paper will argue that their project has not successfully reconciled mathematics and physics into a coherent philosophical system.  I will conclude by suggesting that Schelling offers more valuable philosophical resources to develop a cogent philosophy of nature.

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