The Dappled World: A Study of the Boundaries of Science

The Dappled World: A Study of the Boundaries of Science

by Nancy Cartwright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521644119

ISBN-13: 9780521644112

Pub. Date: 10/28/1999

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this book Nancy Cartwright argues against a vision of a uniform world completely ordered under a single elegant theory, and proposes instead a patchwork of laws of nature. Combining classic and newly written essays, The Dappled World offers important methodological lessons for both the natural and the social sciences, and will interest anyone who wants to…  See more details below

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In this book Nancy Cartwright argues against a vision of a uniform world completely ordered under a single elegant theory, and proposes instead a patchwork of laws of nature. Combining classic and newly written essays, The Dappled World offers important methodological lessons for both the natural and the social sciences, and will interest anyone who wants to understand how modern science works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521644112
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Sales rank:
1,040,237
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Where Do Laws of Nature Come From?: 1. Fundamentalism versus the patchwork of laws; 2. Fables and models; 3. Nomological machines and the laws they produce; Part II. Laws and their Limits: 4. Aristotelian natures and the modern experimental method; 5. Causal diversity, causal stability; 6. Ceteris paribus laws and the socio-economic machines; 7. Probability machines: chance set-ups and economic models; Part III. The Boundaries of Quantum and Classical Physics and the Territories they Share: 8. How bridge principles set the domain of quantum theory; 9. How quantum and classical theories relate.

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