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Nature, the artful modeler : lectures on laws, science, how nature arranges the world and how we can arrange it better

Author: Nancy Cartwright
Publisher: Chicago : Open Court, [2019] © 2019
Series: The Paul Carus Lectures, 23.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How fixed are the happenings in Nature and how are they fixed? One - very orthodox - account teaches that the sciences offer general truths that we combine with local facts to derive our expectations about what will happen, either naturally or when we build a device to design, be it a laser, a washing machine, an anti-malarial bed net, or an auction for the airwavse. Nancy Cartwright offers a different picture, one  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Cartwright
ISBN: 0812694686 9780812694680
OCLC Number: 1134670147
Description: xii, 159 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part 1. The Carus lectures --
Nature's methods are our methods --
Nature's raw materials --
Nature's limits --
Afterword --
Part 2. Further thoughts on contingency and order --
Is the cat really lapping up the milk? --
Big systems versus stocky tangles: it can matter to the details --
Are laws of nature consistent with contingency? --
The natural and the moral order: what's to blame
Series Title: The Paul Carus Lectures, 23.
Responsibility: Nancy Cartwright.

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Renowned philosopher of science Nancy Cartwright presents an original view on scientific realism.  Read more...

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