Nature's Capacities and Their Measurement

Oxford University Press (1989)
Abstract
Ever since David Hume, empiricists have barred powers and capacities from nature. In this book Cartwright argues that capacities are essential in our scientific world, and, contrary to empiricist orthodoxy, that they can meet sufficiently strict demands for testability. Econometrics is one discipline where probabilities are used to measure causal capacities, and the technology of modern physics provides several examples of testing capacities (such as lasers). Cartwright concludes by applying the lessons of the book about capacities and probabilities to the explanation of the role of causality in quantum mechanics.
Keywords Causality (Physics  Probabilities  Physics Philosophy  Quantum theory  Econometrics
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Call number QC6.4.C3.C37 1989
ISBN(s) 0198235070   9780198235071  
DOI 10.2307/2108313
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