127: Philosophy of physics (Elise Crull)

February 8, 2015

Feynman famously said that a philosopher of science is as much use to scientists as an ornithologist is to birds. This episode of Rationally Speaking features philosopher of physics Elise Crull, who explains why Feynman is misguided, and what philosophers have to say about important issues in physics — like quantum mechanics, physical laws, and whether anything “really” exists at all.

Errata. Prof. Crull noticed some inaccuracies in the taped version of the podcast, which she wished to correct — She talks about The Copenhagen Hegemony but mistakenly attributes it to Ernan McMullin when in fact it was written by Jim Cushing