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  • n. Plural form of physical science.


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  • Although beguiled by the sciencelike aspects of economics, he warned that “economics cannot be compared with the exact physical sciences for it deals with the ever-changing and subtle forces of human nature.”

    The Worldly Philosophers

  • The first degree of abstraction is found in the physical sciences which abstract merely from the particularizing, individuating characteristics, and consider the general laws, or principles, of motion, light, heat, substantial change, etc. The mathematical sciences ascend higher in the scale of abstraction.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • The apparent contradictions which he found to exist in the physical sciences, and the conclusions which Hume had reached in his analysis of the principle of causation, "awoke Kant from his dogmatic slumber" and brought home to him the necessity of reviewing or criticizing all human experience for the purpose of restoring the physical sciences to a degree of certitude which they rightly claim, and also for the purpose of placing on an unshakable foundation the metaphysical truths which Hume's skeptical phenomenalism had overthrown.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • On the other hand, one might also argue -- extending, in a way, the teaching of the physical sciences of the period between the postulation of DALTON'S atomic theory and the discovery of the significance of the ether of space -- that reality is essentially discontinuous, our idea that it is continuous being a mere illusion arising from the coarseness of our senses.

    Bygone Beliefs

  • Prior to producing his Principles of Philosophy Descartes presented all his treatises in the physical sciences as resting on hypothetical principles, which, though confirmable by experience, he considered himself able to deduce from the primary truths of his metaphysics

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas


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