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Nature's capacities and their measurement

Cartwright, Nancy (1994) Nature's capacities and their measurement. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780198235071

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This book on the philosophy of science argues for an empiricism, opposed to the tradition of David Hume, in which singular rather than general causal claims are primary; causal laws express facts about singular causes whereas the general causal claims of science are ascriptions of capacities or causal powers, capacities to make things happen. Taking science as measurement, Cartwright argues that capacities are necessary for science and that these can be measured, provided suitable conditions are met. There are case studies from both econometrics and quantum mechanics.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 1994 The Author
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2013 11:33
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:39

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