The fundamental laws of physics can tell the truth

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE Vol. 5, number 1, Autumn 1991, pp. 79-87. R.M. Nugayev. The fundamental laws of physics can tell the truth. Abstract. Nancy Cartwright’s arguments in favour of phenomenological laws and against fundamental ones are discussed. Her criticisms of the standard cjvering-law account are extended using Vyacheslav Stepin’s analysis of the structure of fundamental theories. It is argued that Cartwright’s thesis 9that the laws of physics lie) is too radical to accept. A model of theory change is proposed which demonstrates how the fundamental laws of physics can, in fact, be confronted with experience.
Keywords laws of physics  anti-realism  V.Stepin  N.Cartwright
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DOI 10.1080/02698599108573379
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R. M. Nugayev (1987). The Genesis and Structure of Models in the Modern Theory of Gravity. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 2 (1):84 – 104.

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