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Davies, E Brian (2006) Scientific Understanding. [Preprint]

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    Many of those actively involved in the physical sciences adopt a reductionist point of view, in which all aspects of the world are ultimately controlled by physical laws that are expressed in terms of mathematical equations. In this article we adopt a pluralistic approach to human understanding in which mathematically expressed laws of nature are merely one way among several of describing a world that is too vast and complex for our minds to be able to grasp in its entirety.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: reductionism, Kant, Platonism, pluralism, epistemology
    Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
    General Issues > Laws of Nature
    Specific Sciences > Mathematics
    General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
    General Issues > Explanation
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    Depositing User: E Brian Davies
    Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2006
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:14
    Item ID: 2952
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2952

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