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Dynamics in Action by Alicia Juarrero: Hermeneutic Wholes?

Section 1 of 4 – Ali the particle physicist: “covering-laws” and the hermeneutic approach

Consider Ali, the particle physicist. Unlike a physicist in the real world, he has no concept of the contained entity we call “the atom”. Imagine that Ali has identified and interpreted the dynamic interactive characteristics of subatomic particles, and yet still knows nothing of the existence of atoms. He informs us that these previously unknown mechanisms underlying subatomic dynamics are very complex. Despite having no knowledge of the atom, he is able to deduce that things called “atoms” might exist under certain specific dynamic subatomic arrangements. Read on. . .