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C. S. Peirce's indictment that "the leader explanation for [metaphysics'] backward situation is that its major professors were theo­ (Collected Papers 6:3) falls seriously at my door. For it logians" was once out of mirrored image upon spiritual adventure and its that means that the current relational metaphysic was once conceived. My desire, even though, is that its scope is satisfactorily wider than its theological origins to justify its visual appeal as a piece in philosophy. Having been nurtured in existential philosophy and having reached a few degree of adulthood with the clever advice of Professor Dr. Fritz Buri, of Basel, I got here to believe that theology as a contemporary self-discipline had reached an deadlock due to its overextended commitments to a subject-object paradigm of inspiration. Even these theologians who despaired of those ties appeared not able to discover an autonomous substitute idiom for his or her rules. A moment stress in my considering resulted from the inordinate overlook via theologians of the wildlife. additionally, my traditional curiosity in actual realizing appeared unfulfilled in the slim confines of theology, even of philosophical theology as then practiced. As I grew to become decisively towards the learn of recent physics, and particularly of cosmology, a brand new international looked as if it would divulge heart's contents to me. After large research with admired astronomers and physicists, it all started to sunrise on me that the recent physics has devised conceptual paradigms of suggestion that can be generalized right into a metaphysical approach of common interest.

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If Popper is correct, Kant assumed that Newton had achieved episteme; his only question was, how was it possible? Nothing we have reported about the ontological (metaphysical) status of nature in Kant is incongruous with an acceptance of the validity of Newtonian laws. It only defines the sphere in which these laws are operative. It could even be argued with some merit that the antinomies arise when the attempt is made to extend the validity of these laws to the realm of the things-in-themselves or, conversely, to extend the ontological claims valid for the things-in-themselves to the sphere of the phenomena, or Nature.

The creation of nonEuclidean geometries in the early nineteenth century by Gauss, Bolyai, and Lobachevski led Riemann to suggest their possible use in the problems of space, if Euclidean geometry should ever prove inadequate. It was only with the theories of Einstein in the early twentieth century that Riemannian geometry was employed in interpreting the phenomenon of motion, but the very existence THE EMERGENCE OF A RELATIONAL PARADIGM 41 of these mathematical ideas in the nineteenth century virtually spelled the end of the autonomy of Newtonian cosmology.

He rigorously expanded Newtonian mechanics in his great work of 1799-1805, called Mecanique Celeste. With Laplace the height of mechanism was reached, for his "proof' that the perturbations of the planets were only temporary removed the last barrier to a completely "Newtonian world" in which, once the initial conditions were specified, the world acted like a vast deterministic machine. In the eighteenth century the cosmos truly became "Newtonian"; for, despite the fact that the wQrk of his successors wentfar beyond his original ideas, none of its proponents doubted for a moment that their fundamentals were the legacy of one man, and one man alone - Sir Isaac Newton.

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