Has Cosmology Advanced in Recent Years?

Sanatani, Saurabh (2003) Has Cosmology Advanced in Recent Years? In: Pre-Proceedings of the 26th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, Kirchberg am Wechsel, pp. 305-307.


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Cosmologists are astronomers who study the universe as a whole. The idea of the universe as a whole presents some difficulty both to science and philosophy. In science, because we can only study parts of a system unknown in its totality. Moreover there are features of scientific cosmology which set it apart from other sciences: we cannot in cosmology speak of experiments or verifiable predictions (Cosmologists are prophets of the past!). We can only check astronomical observations with theories and models. Philosophically, the connection between models of the universe and reality, the intelligibility of an universe as an independently existing entity and the perennial questions about the origin of the universe remain unsolved.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cosmology;
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Epistemologie, Wissenschaftstheorie, Naturphilosophie
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2003
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Metaphysik
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2008 14:51
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/1686

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