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The Laws' Properties

Författare:
Redaktör:
  • Jan Faye
  • Uwe Scheffler
  • Max Urchs
Publiceringsår: 2005
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 239-254
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Nature's principles
Dokumenttyp: Del av eller Kapitel i bok
Förlag: Springer

Sammanfattning

We are good at discussing law statements of different epistemic status, and to describe logical relationships between different law statements. But contemporary discussion often suffers from a difficulty to formulate questions concerning laws of different ontological status. This paper presents a framework for distinguishing between properties and fake properties that seems to provide better tools for such inquiries. This paper also examines criteria for properties in connection with laws of nature. It discusses three suggested tests for properties, by Maxwell, Ramsey, and Cartwright. None of these tests is good as it stands. Rather than favouring one particular test, we should opt for methodologically stable decisions, i.e. decisions where several tests come to the same conclusion.

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Nyckelord

  • Science General
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • mechanism
  • Cartwright
  • universal
  • trope
  • Laws of nature

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Published
  • ISBN: 1-4020-3257-9

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