Rethinking Order after the Laws of Nature

2017.03.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nancy Cartwright and Keith Ward (eds.), Rethinking Order after the Laws of Nature, Bloomsbury, 2016, 240pp., $114.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2017.03.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nancy Cartwright and Keith Ward (eds.), Rethinking Order after the Laws of Nature, Bloomsbury, 2016, 240pp., $114.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781474244060. Reviewed by John F. Halpin, Oakland University It is all too easy, even three centuries after Newton, to assume that everything, deep down, is governed by universal laws. Newton's principles are simple, provide powerful state transition laws, and are easily extended as new forces are discovered. Moreover, over the centuries Newton's laws have been successfully transformed to provide today's basic principles of physics, often as a version of Schrodinger's equation. Such principles of nature govern and/or determine a future state of the world and (perhaps only probabilistically) events. But such fundamental laws, "master principles", are not the only way to understand science and its underlying metaphysical lesson. Indeed, the contributors to this volume explain how. . .

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