How do we experience matter? Does it present itself to the senses? Or is it only an empty substratum that cannot be grasped if deprived of all sensible qualities? Is it perceived as a continuum, or rather intellectually reconstructed through mental and logical forms? Or is it that the very idea of a continuum is itself the outcome of mental abstraction? And what about the status of matter in light of contemporary subatomic physics? Is matter an unpredictable flux of pure energy or an organised cosmos of even more basic elements? The nature of matter has been a central issue for philosophy since its inception. Over the course of centuries of debate, a wide variety of theoretical solutions have been proposed. Indeed, all major historical shifts of thought have prompted fundamental re-thinking of the nature of matter. This volume includes contributions on History of Contemporary Philosophy originally presented as individual papers at CRF 1st International Conference «Understanding Matter», Palermo (Italy), 10th-13th April 2014. Contributions by: M. Balaska, R. Caldarone, M. Carapezza, G. Chiurazzi, E. Fugali, D. Helbig, S. Galanti Grollo, L. Gasparri, R. Lanfredini, V. Penchev, C. Rosciglione, K. Ruthenberg, G. Sagriotis, L. Sesta, M. Shafiei, L. Vanzago, R. E. Zimmermann.
Numero Pagine: 273
Pubblicazione: Giugno 2016