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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
Spurrett, David Jon
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: 11 Sep 2015 17:15
Item ID: 128

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