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Foundations of Physics

, Volume 38, Issue 6, pp 556-582

Quantum Gravity and Phenomenological Philosophy

  • Steven M. RosenAffiliated withCollege of Staten Island, The City University of New York Email author 

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Abstract

The central thesis of this paper is that contemporary theoretical physics is grounded in philosophical presuppositions that make it difficult to effectively address the problems of subject-object interaction and discontinuity inherent to quantum gravity. The core objectivist assumption implicit in relativity theory and quantum mechanics is uncovered and we see that, in string theory, this assumption leads into contradiction. To address this challenge, a new philosophical foundation is proposed based on the phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Martin Heidegger. Then, through the application of qualitative topology and hypernumbers, phenomenological ideas about space, time, and dimension are brought into focus so as to provide specific solutions to the problems of force-field generation and unification. The phenomenological string theory that results speaks to the inconclusiveness of conventional string theory and resolves its core contradiction.

Keywords

Quantum gravity Phenomenology Philosophy Topology String theory Dimension Subjectivity and objectivity