How the Laws of Physics Lie
In this sequence of philosophical essays about natural science, Nancy Cartwright argues that fundamental explanatory laws, the deepest and most admired successes of modern physics, do not in fact describe the regularities that exist in nature. Yet she is not `anti-realist'. Rather, she draws a novel distinction, arguing that theoretical entities, and the complex and localized laws that describe them, can be interpreted realistically, but that the simple unifying laws of basic theory cannot.
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This is one of the great originals in the philosophy of science. It's a treatise on how science abstracts away reality to get to its laws, and in so doing, loses its ability to truthfully describe reality. Read full review
Essay 1 Causal Laws and Effective Strategies
Essay 2 The Truth Doesnt Explain Much
Essay 3 Do the Laws of Physics State the Facts?
Essay 4 The Reality of Causes in a World of Instrumental Laws
Essay 5 When Explanation Leads to Inference
Essay 6 For Phenomenological Laws
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