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How the Laws of Physics Lie.
Nancy Cartwright argues for a novel conception of the role of fundamental scientific laws in modern natural science. If we attend closely to the manner in which theoretical laws figure in theExpand
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Causal Laws and Effective Strategies
There are at least two kinds of laws of nature: laws of association and causal laws.1 Laws of association are the faimilar laws with which philosophers usually deal. These laws tell how often twoExpand
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Are RCTs the Gold Standard?
The claims of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to be the gold standard rest on the fact that the ideal RCT is a deductive method: if the assumptions of the test are met, a positive result impliesExpand
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How the Laws of Physics Lie.
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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 factExpand
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The dappled world : a study of the boundaries of science
Introduction Part I. Where Do Laws of Nature Come From?: 1. Fundamentalism versus the patchwork of laws 2. Fables and models 3. Nomological machines and the laws they produce Part II. Laws and theirExpand
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Nature's Capacities and Their Measurement
This book argues for the place of capacities within an grounds of meaning, not method. Yet it is questions of method that should concern the modern empiricist: can capacities be measured? CartwrightExpand
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Hunting Causes and Using Them
Hunting Causes and Using Them argues that causation is not one thing, as commonly assumed, but many. There is a huge variety of causal relations, each with different characterizing features,Expand
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If No Capacities Then No Credible Worlds. But Can Models Reveal Capacities?
This paper argues that even when simple analogue models picture parallel worlds, they generally still serve as isolating tools. But there are serious obstacles that often stop them isolating in justExpand
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