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Cartwright on Laws and Composition

Spurrett, David Jon (2000) Cartwright on Laws and Composition. [Preprint]

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    Cartwright attempts to argue from an analysis of the composition of forces, and more generally the composition of laws, to the conclusion that laws must be regarded as false. A response to Cartwright is developed which contends that properly understood composition poses no threat to the truth of laws, even though agreeing with Cartwright that laws do not satisfy the �facticity� requirement. My analysis draws especially on the work of Creary, Bhaskar, Mill, and points towards a general rejection of Cartwright�s view that laws, especially fundamental laws, should be seen as false.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Fundamental laws, composition of forces, fundamentalism
    Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
    Depositing User: David Jon Spurrett
    Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2001
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
    Item ID: 128
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/128

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