Nature's Capacities and Their Measurement / Edition 1

Nature's Capacities and Their Measurement / Edition 1

by Nancy Cartwright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198235070

ISBN-13: 9780198235071

Pub. Date: 05/19/1994

Publisher: Oxford University Press

This book argues for the place of capacities within an empiricist philosophy. Hume wanted to expel them, but on grounds of meaning, not method. Yet it is questions of method that should concern the modern empiricist: can capacities be measured? Cartwright argues that they are measured if anything is. Stanford's Gravity-Probe-B will measure capacities in a cryogenic

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This book argues for the place of capacities within an empiricist philosophy. Hume wanted to expel them, but on grounds of meaning, not method. Yet it is questions of method that should concern the modern empiricist: can capacities be measured? Cartwright argues that they are measured if anything is. Stanford's Gravity-Probe-B will measure capacities in a cryogenic dewar deep in space. More mundanely we use probabilities to measure capacities, and the assumptions required to ensure that probabilities are a reliable instrument are investigated.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198235071
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/19/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.64(d)

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