Dialectical critical realism in science and theology: Quantum physics and Karl Barth

McKenzie, R.H. and Myers, B. (2008) Dialectical critical realism in science and theology: Quantum physics and Karl Barth. Science and Christian Belief, 20 1: 49-66.


Author McKenzie, R.H.
Myers, B.
Title Dialectical critical realism in science and theology: Quantum physics and Karl Barth
Journal name Science and Christian Belief   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0954-4194
Publication date 2008-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 20
Issue 1
Start page 49
End page 66
Total pages 18
Editor A.B. Robins
D. Alexander
Place of publication Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Publisher Paternoster Press
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
440105 History of Philosophy and History of Ideas
440199 Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Abstract In order to illuminate the similarities and differences between science and theology, we consider an epistemology and methodology for each that can be characterised as a dialectical critical realism. Our approach is deeply indebted to the work of the great Swiss theologian, Karl Barth. Key points are (i) that the object under study determines the method to be used, the community of investigators and the nature of the possible knowledge to be gained; (ii) the necessity of a posteriori, rather than a priori reasoning; and (iii) that the dialogue between theology and science should account for both the similarities and differences between the two disciplines. The counterintuitive nature of quantum physics is used to illustrate how in science (i) the dialectic element should lead to a critical dimension to realism, and (ii) one is forced to engage with reality on its own terms.
Keyword Critical realism
Quantum physics
Barth, Karl
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

 
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