Laws and Symmetry

Laws and Symmetry

by Bas C. Van Fraassen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198248601

ISBN-13: 9780198248606

Pub. Date: 01/04/1990

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Metaphysicians speak of laws of nature in terms of necessity and universality; scientists, in terms of symmetry and invariance. In this book van Fraassen argues that no metaphysical account of laws can succeed. He analyzes and rejects the arguments that there are laws of nature, or that we must believe there are, and argues that we should disregard the idea of law

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Metaphysicians speak of laws of nature in terms of necessity and universality; scientists, in terms of symmetry and invariance. In this book van Fraassen argues that no metaphysical account of laws can succeed. He analyzes and rejects the arguments that there are laws of nature, or that we must believe there are, and argues that we should disregard the idea of law as an adequate clue to science. After exploring what this means for general epistemology, the author develops the empiricist view of science as a construction of models to represent the phenomena.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198248606
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/04/1990
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.95(d)
Lexile:
1240L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction

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