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Laws and symmetry

Author: Bas C Van Fraassen
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
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Argues that no metaphysical account of laws can succeed. This is a book in the philosophy of science, which examines the concept of laws of nature. The author analyses and rejects arguments for the  Read more...

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Van Fraassen, Bas C., 1941-
Laws and symmetry.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1989
(OCoLC)607873371
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bas C Van Fraassen
ISBN: 0198248113 9780198248118 0198248601 9780198248606
OCLC Number: 19222164
Description: xv, 395 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction Part I: Are there laws of nature?; What are the laws of nature?; Ideal science: David Lewis's account of laws; Necessity, worlds, and chance; Universals: Laws grounded in nature; Part II: Belief as rational but lawless: Inference to the best explanation: Salvation by Laws?; Towards a new epistemology; What if there are no laws? A manifesto; Part III: Symmetry as guide to theory: Introduction to the Semantic approach; Symmetry arguments inscience and metaphysics; Symmetries guiding modern science; Part IV: Symmetry and the illusion of logical probability: Indifference: The symmetries of probability; Symmetries of probability kinematics; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Responsibility: Bas C. van Fraassen.
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