Theories between theories: Asymptotic limiting intertheoretic relations

@article{Batterman1995TheoriesBT,
  title={Theories between theories: Asymptotic limiting intertheoretic relations},
  author={Robert W. Batterman},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={1995},
  volume={103},
  pages={171-201}
}
This paper addresses a relatively common “scientific” (as opposed to philosophical) conception of intertheoretic reduction between physical theories. This is the sense of reduction in which one (typically newer and more refined) theory is said to reduce to another (typically older and “coarser”) theory in the limit as some small parameter tends to zero. Three examples of such reductions are discussed: First, the reduction of Special Relativity (SR) to Newtonian Mechanics (NM) as (v/c)2→0… CONTINUE READING

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