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Two electrodynamics between plurality and reduction

Pietsch, Wolfgang (2008) Two electrodynamics between plurality and reduction. In: [2008] Reduction and the Special Sciences (Tilburg, April 10-12, 2008).

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    Abstract

    Comparing action-at-a-distance electrodynamics in the tradition of Coulomb and Ampère with electromagnetic field theory of Faraday and Maxwell provides an example for a relation between theories, that are on a par in many respects. They have a broadly overlapping domain of applicability, and both were widely successful in explanation and prediction. The relation can be understood as an inhomogeneous reduction without a clear distinction between reducing and reduced theory. It is argued in general, when a clear hierarchy between competing theories cannot be determined, the plurality of standpoints should be preserved and the bridge laws carefully developed.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: electrodynamics, reduction, action at a distance
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
    General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
    Conferences and Volumes: [2008] Reduction and the Special Sciences (Tilburg, April 10-12, 2008)
    Depositing User: Wolfgang Pietsch
    Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 3876
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3876

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