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Our Universe—A Contingent Cosmos?

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Our universe - A contingent cosmos? is about the connection - if and how there is one - between a scientific understanding of the universe and the philosophical themes associated with contingency and cosmos. This chapter begins with modern cosmology, followed by philosophical remarks on explanation and contingency. Cosmology is to a large extent a regular discipline nowadays: the attempt to understand the natural history of our universe, drawing on the repertoire of established physics, developing hypotheses regarding the conditions in the early universe, and testing these against a variety of precise observational data. One of the major steps in the rise of modern cosmology has been the widespread adoption of "Copernican" assumptions, against any privileged situation for us as humans.

Keywords: contingent cosmos; early universe



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