BAS VAN FRAASSEN LAWS AND SYMMETRY PDF

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Oxford Scholarship Online. Available in Oxford Scholarship Online - view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. This is a book in the philosophy of science, which examines the concept of laws of nature. The author analyses and rejects arguments for the Metaphysicians speak of laws of nature in terms of necessity and universality; scientists do so in terms of symmetry and invariance.

This book argues that no metaphysical account of laws can succeed. The author analyses and rejects the arguments that there are laws of nature, or that we must believe that there are.

He argues that we should discard the idea of law as an inadequate clue to science. After exploring what this means for general epistemology, the book develops the empiricist view of science as a construction of models to represent the phenomena. Concepts of symmetry, transformation, and invariance illuminate the structure of such models. A central role is played in science by symmetry arguments, and it is shown how these function also in the philosophical analysis of probability.

The advocated approach presupposes no realism about laws or necessities in nature. There are many things to be learnt from it, not least its incisive criticisms of "more metaphysical" theories of laws. The work is executed with great erudition and panache. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

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Oxford Scholarship Online Available in Oxford Scholarship Online - view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. Laws and Symmetry Bas C. Bas C. Also of Interest. Quantum Mechanics Bas C. Scientific Representation Bas C. Scientific Ontology Anjan Chakravartty. The New Negro Jeffrey C. Reflections on the Liar Bradley Armour-Garb. Ontology Without Borders Jody Azzouni. Ludwig Wittgenstein Miles Hollingworth. Dauben, George J. Empty Ideas Peter Unger.

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Laws and Symmetry

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Metaphysicians speak of laws of nature in terms of necessity and universality, and that conception played a role in the birth of modern physics some centuries ago, but today physicists speak in terms of symmetry, transformations, and invariance. Laws and Symmetry's three main objectives are: first, to show the failure of current philosophical accounts of laws of nature; second, to refute arguments for the reality of laws of nature; third, to contrib ute to an epistemology and a philosophy of science antithetical to such metaphysical notions. The latter involves an inquiry into the character an The latter involves an inquiry into the character and role of symmetry and of symmetry arguments in the physical sciences.

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