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

Ever since David Hume, empiricists have barred powers and capacities from nature. In this book Cartwright argues that capacities are essential in our scientific world, and, contrary to empiricist orthodoxy, that they can meet sufficiently strict demands for testability. Econometrics is one discipline where probabilities are used to measure causal capacities, and

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Ever since David Hume, empiricists have barred powers and capacities from nature. In this book Cartwright argues that capacities are essential in our scientific world, and, contrary to empiricist orthodoxy, that they can meet sufficiently strict demands for testability. Econometrics is one discipline where probabilities are used to measure causal capacities, and the technology of modern physics provides several examples of testing capacities (such as lasers). Cartwright concludes by applying the lessons of the book about capacities and probabilities to the explanation of the role of causality in quantum mechanics.

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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