Journal of Philosophy 90 (11):599 (1993)

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Tim Maudlin
New York University
Nancy Cartwright
London School of Economics
Abstract
This book on the philosophy of science argues for an empiricism, opposed to the tradition of David Hume, in which singular rather than general causal claims are primary; causal laws express facts about singular causes whereas the general causal claims of science are ascriptions of capacities or causal powers, capacities to make things happen. Taking science as measurement, Cartwright argues that capacities are necessary for science and that these can be measured, provided suitable conditions are met. There are case studies from both econometrics and quantum mechanics.
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy
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Reprint years 1994
ISBN(s) 0022-362X
DOI 10.2307/2940849
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What Econometrics Cannot Teach Quantum Mechanics.Joseph Berkovitz - 1995 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 26 (2):163-200.
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On Cartwright's Models for EPR.Jacek Cachro & Tomasz Placek - 2002 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 33 (3):413-433.

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