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How the laws of physics lie (1983)

by Nancy Cartwright

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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. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0198247044, Paperback)

In this sequence of philosophical essays about natural science, the author argues that fundamental explanatory laws, the deepest and most admired successes of modern physics, do not in fact describe regularities that exist in nature. Cartwright draws from many real-life examples to propound a novel distinction: that theoretical entities, and the complex and localized laws that describe them, can be interpreted realistically, but the simple unifying laws of basic theory cannot.

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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 drawsa 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.… (more)

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