The Philos-Sophia Initiative is pleased to announce the publication and availability of Wolfgang Smith’s latest book, Physics and Vertical Causation: The End of Quantum Reality (Angelico Press, 2019).
An important landmark for both the Initiative and the students of Professor Smith all over the world, Physics and Vertical Causation is being released in preparation for — and serves as a complement to — the Initiative’s forthcoming documentary film about the life and work of its author, The End of Quantum Reality.
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Praise for Physics and Vertical Causation
“This short but remarkably rich work by Wolfgang Smith is a tour de force, summarizing and synthesizing the seminal texts he has written over the past few decades. Others — Islamic philosophers of Persia in particular — have considered the cosmos, from the invisible to the angelic realms, as an icon and theophany, and have even identified vertical causality with the Divine Will, but these earlier traditional authorities had no knowledge of the sub-corporeal world as a distinct realm — what Dr. Smith calls the ‘physical.’ In this remarkable synthesis the author finds a cosmic ‘home’ for the until-now ‘homeless’ quantum mechanical domain within the world of traditional cosmology, an achievement of the utmost significance not only for physicists seriously interested in the foundations of their science, but also for philosophers and theologians — and, I might add, not only Christian but also Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, as well as of other faiths. May this book receive the global attention it deserves.”
— SEYYED HOSSEIN NASR, University Professor, George Washington University
“Prof. Smith’s metaphysical reading of the cosmic icon by way of its Euclidean construction is on a par with René Guénon’s mathematico-metaphysical texts. It even surpasses these in two ways: first, by enabling us to literally see what falsifies the Einsteinian conception of ‘space-time’; and second, by empowering us to comprehend the cosmological teachings concealed in both the Old and New Testaments through the rediscovery of the cosmic trichotomy.”
— BRUNO BÉRARD, author of A Metaphysics of the Christian Mystery
“As every historian of the field well knows, we owe much of the enterprise of modern science to the studies of metaphysics and natural philosophy pursued by Christian thinkers during the Middle Ages, for it was precisely then that knowledge of the quantitative aspects of nature was not only proven metaphysically possible, technically practicable, and morally desirable, but whole fields of research were launched that resulted three centuries later in the flood of knowledge and mathematical techniques we still teach today in universities. But nowadays we face the opposite question: is mathematical knowledge the only knowledge available to us? Surely not, and no one is better qualified to guide us masterfully through this field than Professor Wolfgang Smith, who has already offered to the public the metaphysical key to understand the subject matter of quantum physics in his now-classic The Quantum Enigma. The reader of the present book can expect no less than a study that promises — like its medieval counterparts which opened up the way to present-day mathematical physics — to bear fruit for centuries to come.”
— RAPHAEL D.M. DE PAOLA, Department of Physics, PUC-Rio
“The importance of this book by physicist and metaphysician Wolfgang Smith lies in the very reasons that will no doubt make it controversial: it challenges certain fundamental features of modern science, namely its epistemological assumptions, its reductive methodologies, and its ideological premises. In so doing, it embraces a broader and more traditional view of science as Scientia. This harmonizing, principial knowledge is grounded in an epistemology that respects its ontological roots; in methodologies that go beyond the purely quantitative aspects of mensuration and sensory instrumentality, extending to metaphysical and qualitative intelligibility; and in metaphysical foundations that account for the tripartite structure of reality and explain existence in terms of the principle of vertical causation — which, as Dr. Smith explains, elegantly resolves the ‘quantum enigma.’ Written lucidly and persuasively, the book summarizes much of his previous writings in the area, and caps a lifetime’s work.”
— M. ALI LAKHANI, Editor, Sacred Web
“If we define ‘physics’ as the science of measurement and distinguish it from the ‘philosophy of physics,’ we are free to interpret the accumulated data of the former according to our own worldview. New experiments and measurements may offer a bit of guidance regarding which philosophical interpretations of the physical data are more (or less) consistent with the ultimate reality — but for the most part it remains an open question whether we can reach that reality by any one particular method. Professor Smith’s latest manuscript, taken together with his earlier work, presents a traditional and ontological interpretation of physics with uncommon quality and competence. What is new about this book is the author’s thesis that Einstein’s theory of relativity does not conform to such an ontological interpretation, which leads him to conclude that the only tenable position is a geocentric cosmology. Critics who refuse to draw a clear distinction between physics and the philosophy of physics will have nothing of substance to contribute to this discussion.”
— ALI SEBETCI, Computational Chemical Physicist