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Philosophy Has Made Plenty of Progress

John Horgan: A Reddit discussion of “heavy hitters in philosophy” called Maudlin “probably the most influential person in philosophy of physics.” Someone chimed in that Maudlin, whose books include The Metaphysics Within Physics and Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity, is “without a doubt an intellectual beast.” Maudlin impresses even science writer Jim Holt, not an easy feat. When I asked Holt “What’s your utopia?,” he replied “arguing eternally about gauge theory” with Maudlin and a few other pals. To get a sense of Maudlin’s style, read “The Defeat of Reason,” an essay that covers truth, quantum mechanics, Einstein, Bohr, Bohm, Kant, and Kuhn.

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