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Natural Laws in Scientific Practice by Marc Lange

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Natural Laws in Scientific Practice
Author: Marc Lange
eBook Title: Natural Laws in Scientific Practice
Category: Science & Math
Rating: 3.8
Votes: 378
Formats: PDF, FB2, EPUB, DJVU
ISBN: 0195331338
ISBN13: 978-0195331332
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2007)
Language: English
Subcategory: History & Philosophy
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, and of what the laws must be in order for them to be capable of playing these roles. Particular attention is given to laws of special sciences, levels of scientific explanation, natural kinds, ceteris-paribus clauses, and physically necessary non-laws.

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