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Philosophy

1999

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Belief Or 'Belief': Rush Rhees On Religious Belief Language, Todd R. Long Oct 1999

Belief Or 'Belief': Rush Rhees On Religious Belief Language, Todd R. Long

Philosophy

The recent book Rush Rhees on Religion and Philosophy contains a stimulating collection of writin~s by Rush Rhees on a variety of topics in the philosophy of religion. Comprising accounts of personal, religious and moral struggles, these essays provide a refreshing change from the often dry, overly technical approach to philosophy writing. Despite spanning more than thirty years, Rhees' s essays disclose a fairly consistent philosophy .of religion with a clear emphasis. Since he was Wittgenstein's student and long-time friend as well as a literary executor ofWittgenstein's writings, it is not surprising that Rhees's comments on ...


Einstein's Theory Of Theories And Types Of Theoretical Explanation, Francisco Flores Jan 1999

Einstein's Theory Of Theories And Types Of Theoretical Explanation, Francisco Flores

Philosophy

In this paper I draw on Einstein's distinction between “principle” and “constructive” theories to isolate two levels of physical theory that can be found in both classical and (special) relativistic physics. I then argue that when we focus on theoretical explanations in physics, i.e. explanations of physical laws, the two leading views on explanation, Salmon's “bottom-up” view and Kitcher's “top-down” view, accurately describe theoretical explanations for a given level of theory. I arrive at this conclusion through an analysis of explanations of mass—energy equivalence in special relativity.