The Dappled World: A Study of the Boundaries of Science

The Dappled World: A Study of the Boundaries of Science

by Nancy Cartwright
     
 

This important and innovative collection of essays argues for a patchwork of laws of nature.See more details below

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This important and innovative collection of essays argues for a patchwork of laws of nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521643368
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/23/1999
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
Pt. IWhere do laws of nature come from?21
1Fundamentalism versus the patchwork of laws23
2Fables and models35
3Nomological machines and the laws they produce69
Pt. IILaws and their limits75
The laws we test in physics
4Aristotelian natures and the modern experimental method77
Causal laws
5Causal diversity; causal stability104
Current economic theory
6Ceteris paribus laws and socio-economic machines137
Probabilistic laws
7Probability machines: chance set-ups and economic models152
Pt. IIIThe boundaries of quantum and classical physics and the territories they share177
8How bridge principles set the domain of quantum theory179
9How quantum and classical theories relate211
Bibliography234
Index242

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