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Nature, the Artful Modeler: Lectures on Laws, Science, How Nature Arranges the World and How We Can Arrange It Better

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2019.06.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nancy Cartwright, Nature, the Artful Modeler: Lectures on Laws, Science, How Nature Arranges the World and How We Can Arrange It Better, Open Court, 2019, 159pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780812694680. Reviewed by Eric Winsberg, The University of South Florida The 1980s were a golden age for philosophy of science. A small number of incredibly influential philosophers released monographs that set the agenda for many of what are now the main topics in the field. But none quite so single-handedly created a subdiscipline in the philosophy of science as did Nancy Cartwright with her How the Laws of Physics Lie (1983). The book had both a narrow and a wider thesis. The narrow thesis was that scientific laws failed to play the role that most philosophers of science had taken for granted: "Rendered as descriptions of fact, they are false; amended to be true, they lose their fundamental explanatory force" (1983, p. 54). The wider thesis was that philosophers inadequately... Read More

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