Nancy Cartwright Quotes
''The fundamental laws of physics do not describe true facts about reality. Rendered as descriptions of facts, they are false; amended to be true, they lose their explanatory force.''Nancy Cartwright (b. 1945), U.S. philosopher of science. "Do the Laws of Physics State the Facts?" Essay 3, pp. 54-73, How The Laws Of Physics Lie (1983). One portion of the author's view that while the theoretical entities of physics are real, physical laws about them are untrue.
''Although philosophers generally believe in laws and deny causes, explanatory practice in physics is just the reverse.''Nancy Cartwright (b. 1945), U.S. philosopher of science. "The Reality of Causes in a World of Instrumental Laws," essay 4, pp. 74-86, How the Laws of Physics Lie (1983).
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