Natural Philosophy and Natural Science: Tangent and Emergence — between Conflicting Poles in the Interdisciplinary Discourse ; A Dialogue on the Epistemology of Quantum Physics

Herbert Pietschmann, Hisaki Hashi

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Since the 20th century the Quantum Physics has shown various phenomena, judged as “seldom and not easily understandable” by the theories of classic physics. From the beginning of the “Kopenhagener Deutung”, Einstein claimed against Heisenberg, Bohr, etc. that the particle physics lacks “physical reality”. A number of physicists have tried to clarify the labyrinth of particle as a minimal substance in the phenomena of the micro world. The entanglement of the “double particle” emitted from a π-meson in its teleportation (succeeded by A. Zeilinger in Vienna) is one of those phenomena. However, a successful new thesis has also become a target for the antithesis by deputies. Even if the “Uncertainty” of an emitted light quantum that is received by the detector “either as a particle or as wave” has been reduced in our time by using probability calculations and new experimental physical facilities, the principal character of particles based on the “Uncertainty Relation” has not been changed. Although Heisenberg’s formula of the Uncertainty Relation could be “renewed” by completing certain operational components substituted by some physicists, the fundamental reality of phenomena of particle physics remain: The “physical reality” manifested by Einstein based on his glorious success of the Special and General Theory of Relativity cannot be valid in the micro world phenomena.
Pietschmann, a well-known theoretical physicist in Vienna, and Hashi, a philosopher teaching and researching interdisciplinary philosophy in Vienna, highlighted the essential problems of particle physics and clarified them in regards to ontological and epistemological aspects. The dialogue has its origin in the hypothesis, that the particle physics needs a logical interpretation with completely new ontological principles. In addition, the fundamental ontology of Mahayana Buddhist Philosophy (without mystics) and its further development to Rational Philosophy of East Asia has various indications and contributions for an ontological epistemology of particle physics.

Key words: 1. Ontological epistemology of particle physics, 2. Einstein and Heisenberg,
3. Fundamental ontology by Aristotle, 4. Another ontological principle by Nāgārjuna (Mahayana Buddhist Philosophy), 5. Opinions of Nishida (philosopher) and Yukawa (theoretical physicist, winner of the Nobel prize) at the University of Kyoto
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-200
Number of pages24
JournalDialogue and Universalism
Issue number2/2018
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 603124 Theory of science
  • 603102 Epistemology

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