Nancy Cartwright


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  • ''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.
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  • ''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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