Foundations of Physics

, Volume 48, Issue 5, pp 481–491 | Cite as

Physics Needs Philosophy. Philosophy Needs Physics

  • Carlo RovelliEmail author
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  1. Philosophical Aspects in the Foundations of Physics


Contrary to claims about the irrelevance of philosophy for science, I argue that philosophy has had, and still has, far more influence on physics than is commonly assumed. I maintain that the current anti-philosophical ideology has had damaging effects on the fertility of science. I also suggest that recent important empirical results, such as the detection of the Higgs particle and gravitational waves, and the failure to detect supersymmetry where many expected to find it, question the validity of certain philosophical assumptions common among theoretical physicists, inviting us to engage in a clearer philosophical reflection on scientific method.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CPT, Aix-Marseille Université, Université de Toulon, CNRSMarseilleFrance

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