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Natural laws in scientific practice

Author: Marc Lange
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2000.
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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 some philosophers to question if they hold such roles at all. This study offers original accounts of the roles that natural laws play in connection with counterfactual conditionals, inductive projections, and scientific explanations,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Lange, Marc, 1963-
Natural laws in scientific practice.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2000
(DLC) 99038157
(OCoLC)41674421
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Lange
ISBN: 9780195351255 0195351258
OCLC Number: 428735869
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 348 pages)
Contents: List of Symbols; 1 INTRODUCTION; 2 THE RELATION OF LAWS TO COUNTERFACTUALS; 3 WHY ARE THE LAWS OF NATURE SO IMPORTANT TO SCIENCE (I)?; 4 INDUCTIVE CONFIRMABILITY AND PHYSICAL NECESSITY; 5 WHY ARE THE LAWS OF NATURE SO IMPORTANT TO SCIENCE (II)?; 6 LAWS, REGULARITIES, AND PROVISOS; 7 THE ROOT COMMITMENT; 8 THE AUTONOMY OF SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINES AND LEVELS OF SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION; Afterword; Notes; References; Index.
Responsibility: Marc Lange.
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Philosopher of science Marc Lange aims to develop a new account of the roles that laws of nature play in scientific reasoning (such as counterfactual conditionals, inductive projections, and  Read more...

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