Spring 1982 • Vol. IV No. 2 NonfictionApril 1, 1982 |

Coherence and Possibility: The Logic of the Innermost Universe

Everything is possible. Lev Shestov I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw William Shakespeare Hamlet I In Defense of Cosmology The word "physics" was hammered into something like its present shape by people who structured their cosmos dualistically into body and soul and was intended to cover the study of the corporeal member of this duo. Thus Cosmos = Atoms + Monads and Physics = Atoms, using Aristotle's terms. Today, preserving the second of these equations and discarding the first, physicists are widely supposed to believe that the world is made of inanimate matter, dead bodies. Were we to accept such a mechanical cosmology deeply, it would be impossible for us to teach it. Who would we be teaching? The cosmologies of Bruno and Leibniz, who make the world out of souls, monads, entelechies, have at least the minimal degree of self-consistency appropriate to teachers, of allowing at the start for the possibil

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