The principle of virtual work, counterfactuals, and the avoidance of physics

@article{Lange2019ThePO,
  title={The principle of virtual work, counterfactuals, and the avoidance of physics},
  author={Marc Lange},
  journal={European Journal for Philosophy of Science},
  year={2019},
  volume={9},
  pages={1-21}
}
  • Marc Lange
  • Published 2019
  • European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Wilson (2017) derives various broad philosophical morals from the scientific role played by the Principle of Virtual Work (PVW). He argues roughly (i) that PVW conditionals cannot be understood in terms of things as large as possible worlds; (ii) that PVW conditionals are peculiar and so cannot be accommodated by general accounts of counterfactuals, thereby reflecting the piecemeal character of scientific practice and standing at odds with the one-size-fits-all approach of “analytic… Expand
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