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https://doi.org/10.21464/fi39302

Scientific and Technological Outreach of Boscovich’s Metaphysical Natural Philosophy

Marito Mihovil Letica ; Lopatinečka 15, HR–10000 Zagreb

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APA 6th Edition
Letica, M.M. (2019). Scientific and Technological Outreach of Boscovich’s Metaphysical Natural Philosophy. Filozofska istraživanja, 39 (3), 575-603. https://doi.org/10.21464/fi39302
MLA 8th Edition
Letica, Marito Mihovil. "Scientific and Technological Outreach of Boscovich’s Metaphysical Natural Philosophy." Filozofska istraživanja, vol. 39, no. 3, 2019, pp. 575-603. https://doi.org/10.21464/fi39302. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Letica, Marito Mihovil. "Scientific and Technological Outreach of Boscovich’s Metaphysical Natural Philosophy." Filozofska istraživanja 39, no. 3 (2019): 575-603. https://doi.org/10.21464/fi39302
Harvard
Letica, M.M. (2019). 'Scientific and Technological Outreach of Boscovich’s Metaphysical Natural Philosophy', Filozofska istraživanja, 39(3), pp. 575-603. https://doi.org/10.21464/fi39302
Vancouver
Letica MM. Scientific and Technological Outreach of Boscovich’s Metaphysical Natural Philosophy. Filozofska istraživanja [Internet]. 2019 [cited 2020 October 01];39(3):575-603. https://doi.org/10.21464/fi39302
IEEE
M.M. Letica, "Scientific and Technological Outreach of Boscovich’s Metaphysical Natural Philosophy", Filozofska istraživanja, vol.39, no. 3, pp. 575-603, 2019. [Online]. https://doi.org/10.21464/fi39302
Fulltext: croatian, pdf (637 KB) pages 575-603 downloads: 34* cite
APA 6th Edition
Letica, M.M. (2019). Znanstveno-tehnički dosezi Boškovićeva metafizičkog prirodoslovlja. Filozofska istraživanja, 39 (3), 575-603. https://doi.org/10.21464/fi39302
MLA 8th Edition
Letica, Marito Mihovil. "Znanstveno-tehnički dosezi Boškovićeva metafizičkog prirodoslovlja." Filozofska istraživanja, vol. 39, no. 3, 2019, pp. 575-603. https://doi.org/10.21464/fi39302. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Letica, Marito Mihovil. "Znanstveno-tehnički dosezi Boškovićeva metafizičkog prirodoslovlja." Filozofska istraživanja 39, no. 3 (2019): 575-603. https://doi.org/10.21464/fi39302
Harvard
Letica, M.M. (2019). 'Znanstveno-tehnički dosezi Boškovićeva metafizičkog prirodoslovlja', Filozofska istraživanja, 39(3), pp. 575-603. https://doi.org/10.21464/fi39302
Vancouver
Letica MM. Znanstveno-tehnički dosezi Boškovićeva metafizičkog prirodoslovlja. Filozofska istraživanja [Internet]. 2019 [cited 2020 October 01];39(3):575-603. https://doi.org/10.21464/fi39302
IEEE
M.M. Letica, "Znanstveno-tehnički dosezi Boškovićeva metafizičkog prirodoslovlja", Filozofska istraživanja, vol.39, no. 3, pp. 575-603, 2019. [Online]. https://doi.org/10.21464/fi39302

Abstracts
In this paper it is highlighted and argued that Boscovich’s natural sciences theory is so deeply rooted in metaphysics and pervaded by it, we can maintain that it is a distinctive example of sharp-­witted, clever and far­-reaching metaphysical natural philosophy. Critically engaging with the unsubstantiated denial of metaphysics and several centuries long attempts to overcome it, I demonstrate that by metaphysical thinking Boscovich arrived at his unique notion of attractive­repulsive force and gained insight into the structure of things, by which he anticipated, among other things, the theory of relativity and quantum physics. Although Boscovich greatly and successfully used quantitative methods while solving problems from geodesy, astronomy, optics, civil engineering statistics, hydraulic engineering and other fields – the most important parts of his natural sciences legacy, which made him transpose several centuries, are supported by geometric intuition and carried out mainly by qualitative methods, that is, metaphysical speculation. Also, I explain how for the creation and development of electromagnetism it was crucial to describe electromagnetic phenomena using Boscovich’s unique law of force and his theory of the structure of matter, what was explicitly stated by the ‘father of electromagnetism’ James Clerk Maxwell. Boscovich would have never reached these ideas by the exact scientific method, only by metaphysically founded and guided ‘proper thinking’.

Keywords
Roger Joseph Boscovich; metaphysics; science; force; matter; theory of relativity; quantum physics

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