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Nature's Principles

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ISBN-10: 1402032579

ISBN-13: 9781402032578

Edition: 2005

Authors: Jan Faye, Paul Needham, Uwe Scheffler, Max Urchs

List price: $219.99
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Description:

One of the most basic problems in the philosophy of science involves determining the extent to which nature is governed by laws. This volume presents a wide-ranging overview of the contemporary debate and includes some of its foremost participants. It begins with an extensive introduction describing the historical, logical and philosophical background of the problems dealt with in the essays. Among the topics treated in the essays is the relationship between laws of nature and causal laws as well as the role of ceteris paribus clauses in scientific explanations. Traditionally, the problem of the unity of science was intimately connected to the problem of understanding the unity of nature.…    
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Book details

List price: $219.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 4/22/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 292
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Introduction
Why are (most) laws of nature mathematical?
How nature makes sense
Cartwright and Nowak on laws and explanation
The explanatory virtues of probabilistic causal laws
The nature of natural laws
How the Ceteris Paribus laws of physics lie
Necessary laws
Laws of nature - a skeptical view
The laws' properties
Laws of nature versus system laws
Psychologism, universality and the use of logic