Nancy Cartwright's Philosophy of Science

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Nancy Cartwright is one of the most distinguished and influential contemporary philosophers of science. Despite the profound impact of her work, there is neither a systematic exposition of Cartwright’s philosophy of science nor a collection of articles that contains in-depth discussions of the major themes of her philosophy.

This book is devoted to a critical assessment of Cartwright’s philosophy of science and contains contributions from Cartwright's champions and critics. Broken into three parts, the book begins by addressing Cartwright's views on the practice of model building in science and the question of how models represent the world before moving on to a detailed discussion of methodologically and metaphysically challenging problems. Finally, the book addresses Cartwright's original attempts to clarify profound questions concerning the metaphysics of science.

With contributions from leading scholars, such as Ronald N. Giere and Paul Teller, this unique volume will be extremely useful to philosophers of science the world over.

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Meet the Author

Stephan Hartmann is Chair in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science in the Department of Philosophy at Tilburg University and Director of the Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science.

Luc Bovens is Professor of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics.

Carl Hoefer is an ICREA Research Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Introducing Nancy Cartwright's Philosophy of Science   Carl Hoefer     1
Models and Representations
Standing Up Against Tradition: Models and Theories in Nancy Cartwright's Philosophy of Science   Daniela Bailer-Jones     17
Reply by Cartwright     38
Nancy Cartwright on Theories, Models, and Their Application to Reality: A Case Study   Ulrich Gahde     41
Reply by Cartwright     65
Models as Representational Structures   Margaret Morrison     67
Reply by Cartwright     89
The Finewright Theory   Paul Teller     91
Reply by Cartwright     117
Causes and Capacities
Models, Metaphysics, and Methodology   Ronald N. Giere     123
Reply by Cartwright     134
Experimental Realism Reconsidered: How Inference to the Most Likely Cause Might Be Sound   Mauricio Suarez     137
Reply by Cartwright     164
Cartwright's Realist Toil: From Entities to Capacities   Stathis Psillos     167
Reply by Cartwright     195
Invariance, Modularity, and All That: Cartwright on Causation   James Woodward     198
Reply by Cartwright     238
The Principle ofthe Common Cause, the Causal Markov Condition, and Quantum Mechanics: Comments on Cartwright   Iain Martel     242
Reply by Cartwright     262
Social Capacities   Julian Reiss     265
Reply by Cartwright     289
Cartwright and Mill on Tendencies and Capacities   Christoph Schmidt-Petri     291
Reply by Cartwright     303
Antifundamentalism and the Disunity of Science
For Fundamentalism   Carl Hoefer     307
Reply by Cartwright     322
Cartwright on Wholism   Michael Esfeld     324
Reply by Cartwright     337
How Classical and Quantum States Relate: Cartwright's Views of Quantum Theory   Brigitte Falkenburg     339
Reply by Cartwright     365
Getting the Causal Story Right: Hermeneutic Moments in Nancy Cartwright's Philosophy of Science   Alfred Nordmann     369
Reply by Cartwright     389
Notes on Contributors     393
Index     395
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