Philosophical Roots of the Anthropic Principle

Yuri V. Balashov



The relevance of this topic to the present meeting is partly due to the fact that almost two decades have elapsed since an astrophysicist, Brandon Carter, had first introduced the Anthropic Cosmological Principle. This has taken place here, in Cracow, at the special Symposium of the IAU devoted to the anniversary of Nicolas Copernicus (Carter 1974). In recent years the Anthropic Principle (AP) has became a matter hotly disputed in the physical, philosophical and theological literature. The constantly increasing interest of the humanities community in the AP may testify to the conjecture that this principle is no accident in the history of ideas. Besides immediate scientific prehistory it may have a substantive philosophical background.


philosophy; anthropic philosophy; anthropic principle; epistemology;

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