Journal for General Philosophy of Science

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 209–214 | Cite as

What Is and Why Do We Need Philosophy of Physics?

  • Meinard Kuhlmann
  • Wolfgang Pietsch


Philosophy of physics is a small but thriving research field situated at the intersection between the natural sciences and the humanities. However, what exactly distinguishes philosophy of physics from physics is rarely made explicit in much depth. We provide a detailed analysis in the form of eleven theses, delineating both the nature of the questions asked in philosophy of physics and the methodology with which they are addressed.


Philosophy of physics Interpretation of theories Conceptual analysis Methodology Ontology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Abteilung PhilosophieUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Munich Center for Technology in Society, Technische Universität MünchenMunichGermany

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