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What Makes a Scientific Explanation Distinctively Mathematical?
  • Marc Lange
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 1 September 2013
Certain scientific explanations of physical facts have recently been characterized as distinctively mathematical–that is, as mathematical in a different way from ordinary explanations that employExpand
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Who’s Afraid of Ceteris-Paribus Laws? Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Them
Ceteris-paribus clauses are nothing to worry about; aceteris-paribus qualifier is not poisonously indeterminate in meaning. Ceteris-paribus laws teach us that a law need not be associatedExpand
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Natural Laws in Scientific Practice
It is often presumed that the laws of nature have special significance for scientific reasoning. But the laws' distinctive roles have proven notoriously difficult to identify-leading someExpand
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Calibration and the Epistemological Role of Bayesian Conditionalization
Evaluation de la pertinence de la conditionnalisation bayesienne (BC) dans le domaine de la theorie de la confirmation en science. Mesurant le role epistemologique de (BC) au regard de la valeur etExpand
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Really Statistical Explanations and Genetic Drift
  • Marc Lange
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • 1 April 2013
Really statistical (RS) explanation is a hitherto neglected form of noncausal scientific explanation. Explanations in population biology that appeal to drift are RS explanations. An RS explanationExpand
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Laws and meta-laws of nature: Conservation laws and symmetries
Abstract Symmetry principles are commonly said to explain conservation laws—and were so employed even by Lagrange and Hamilton, long before Noether's theorem. But within a Hamiltonian framework, theExpand
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On “Minimal Model Explanations”: A Reply to Batterman and Rice
  • Marc Lange
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • 1 April 2015
Batterman and Rice offer an account of “minimal model explanations” and argue against “common features accounts” of those explanations. This paper offers some objections to their proposals andExpand
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Laws and Lawmakers: Science, Metaphysics, and the Laws of Nature
Preface CHAPTER 1: LAWS FORM COUNTERFACTUALLY STABLE SETS 1. Welcome 2. Their necessity sets the laws apart 3. The laws's persistence under counterfactuals 4. Nomic preservation 5. Beyond nomicExpand
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An Introduction to the Philosophy of Physics: Locality, Fields, Energy, and Mass
Preface. 1. What Is Spatiotemporal Locality?. The Big Picture. Causal Relations between Events. Action by Contact. Spatial, Temporal, and Spatiotemporal Locality Defined. Intrinsic Properties andExpand
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