Elsevier is a major science publisher and they do, among other things, handbooks. An Elsevier handbook is scheduled to come out this year (2006) on Philosophy of Physics. Probably some good stuff about foundations of physics and what the success of quantum mechanics and general relativity tell us about nature, and the method of empirical science: what makes theories predictive and testable, and so on. It could be a useful handbook, and pertinent to current debates as well. Anyway the physicist George F. R. Ellis has contributed a chapter on philosophical questions in COSMOLOGY. Actually Ellis is in the Math/Applied Math department of his university. But he has collaborated with Stephen Hawking and has published 30-some physics papers---many in Cosmology---so I think he may be regarded as a physicist rather than a mathematician, to the extent that one makes the distinction. some of his writings can be found here http://arxiv.org/find/grp_physics/1/au:+Ellis_George/0/1/0/all/0/1 ========================== I think it is significant that Elsevier editors chose Ellis to do their handbook chapter on Cosmology, and I think it is significant that in his essay Ellis DISCUSSES THE COSMOLOGICAL NATURAL SELECTION HYPOTHESIS. So I am linking to Ellis essay here in case anyone wants to comment on or challenge that and say CNS does or does not call for discussion. Here is Ellis preprint: http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0602280 Issues in the Philosophy of Cosmology George F. R. Ellis To appear in the Handbook in Philosophy of Physics, Ed J Butterfield and J Earman (Elsevier, 2006) "After a survey of the present state of cosmological theory and observations, this article discusses a series of major themes underlying the relation of philosophy to cosmology. These are: A: The uniqueness of the universe; B: The large scale of the universe in space and time; C: The unbound energies in the early universe; D: Explaining the universe -- the question of origins; E: The universe as the background for existence; F: The explicit philosophical basis; G: The Anthropic question: fine tuning for life; H: The possible existence of multiverses; I: The natures of existence. Each of these themes is explored and related to a series of Theses that set out the major issues confronting cosmology in relation to philosophy."