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    Physics and Chance: Philosophical Issues in the Foundations of Statistical Mechanics.Lawrence Sklar - 1993 - Cambridge University Press.
    Statistical mechanics is one of the crucial fundamental theories of physics, and in his new book Lawrence Sklar, one of the pre-eminent philosophers of physics, offers a comprehensive, non-technical introduction to that theory and to attempts to understand its foundational elements. Among the topics treated in detail are: probability and statistical explanation, the basic issues in both equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, the role of cosmology, the reduction of thermodynamics to statistical mechanics, and the alleged foundation of the very notion (...)
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  2. Physics and Chance.Lawrence Sklar - 1995 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 46 (1):145-149.
    Statistical mechanics is one of the crucial fundamental theories of physics, and in his new book Lawrence Sklar, one of the pre-eminent philosophers of physics, offers a comprehensive, non-technical introduction to that theory and to attempts to understand its foundational elements. Among the topics treated in detail are: probability and statistical explanation, the basic issues in both equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, the role of cosmology, the reduction of thermodynamics to statistical mechanics, and the alleged foundation of the very notion (...)
     
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  3. Space, Time, and Spacetime.Lawrence Sklar - 1974 - University of California Press.
    In this book, Lawrence Sklar demonstrates the interdependence of science and philosophy by examining a number of crucial problems on the nature of space and ...
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  4. Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Aristotelian Society Series.Tim Maudlin & Lawrence Sklar - 1994 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (3):933-934.
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    Physics and Chance: Philosophical Issues in the Foundations of Statistical Mechanics.Robert Batterman & Lawrence Sklar - 1995 - Philosophical Review 104 (4):624.
    Philosophers of physics are very familiar with foundational problems in quantum mechanics and in the theory of relativity. In both fields, the puzzles, if not solved, are at least reasonably well formulated and possess well-characterized solution strategies. Sklar’s book Physics and Chance focuses on a pair of theories, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, for which puzzles and foundational paradoxes abound, but where there is very little agreement upon the means with which they may best be approached. As he notes in the (...)
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    Theory and Truth: Philosophical Critique Within Foundational Science.Lawrence Sklar - 2000 - Oxford University Press.
    Skeptics have cast doubt on the idea that scientific theories give us a true picture of an objective world. Lawrence Sklar examines three kinds of skeptical arguments about scientific truth, and explores the important role they play within foundational science itself. Sklar demonstrates that these kinds of philosophical critique are employed within science, and reveals the clear difference between how they operate in a scientific context and more abstract philosophical contexts. The underlying theme of Theory and Truth is that science (...)
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  7. Methodological Conservatism.Lawrence Sklar - 1975 - Philosophical Review 84 (3):374-400.
  8. Dappled Theories in a Uniform World.Lawrence Sklar - 2003 - Philosophy of Science 70 (2):424-441.
    It has been argued, most trenchantly by Nancy Cartwright, that the diversity of the concepts and regularities we actually use to describe nature and predict and explain its behavior leaves us with no reason to believe that our foundational physical theories actually "apply" outside of delicately contrived systems within the laboratory. This paper argues that, diversity of method notwithstanding, there is indeed good reason to think that the foundational laws of physics are universal in their scope.
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    Explaining Chaos.Lawrence Sklar & Peter Smith - 2001 - Philosophical Review 110 (2):289.
    Explaining Chaos provides both a succinct and accurate introduction to the physics and mathematics of chaotic dynamical systems along with a number of pertinent philosophical commentaries on the scientific results. The book provides the clearest and most sensible treatment of chaos theory from a philosophical perspective available in the literature.
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  10. Types of Inter-Theoretic Reduction.Lawrence Sklar - 1967 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 18 (2):109-124.
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    Creating Modern Probability: Its Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy in Historical Perspective.Lawrence Sklar & Jan von Plato - 1994 - Journal of Philosophy 91 (11):622.
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    In the Wake of Chaos: Unpredictable Order in Dynamical Systems.Stephen H. Kellert & Lawrence Sklar - 1997 - Philosophy of Science 64 (1):181.
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    Space, Time and Spacetime.Lawrence Sklar - 1977 - Philosophy of Science 44 (1):167-173.
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    Philosophy and the Foundations of Dynamics.Lawrence Sklar - 2012 - Cambridge University Press.
    Although now replaced by more modern theories, classical mechanics remains a core foundational element of physical theory. From its inception, the theory of dynamics has been riddled with conceptual issues and differing philosophical interpretations and throughout its long historical development, it has shown subtle conceptual refinement. The interpretive program for the theory has also shown deep evolutionary change over time. Lawrence Sklar discusses crucial issues in the central theory from which contemporary foundational theories are derived and shows how some core (...)
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  15. The Reduction(?) Of Thermodynamics to Statistical Mechanics.Lawrence Sklar - 1999 - Philosophical Studies 95 (1-2):187 - 202.
  16. Philosophy of Physics.Lawrence SKLAR - 1992 - Westview Press.
    The study of the physical world had its origins in philosophy, and, two-and-one-half millennia later, the scientific advances of the twentieth century are bringing the two fields closer together again. So argues Lawrence Sklar in this brilliant new text on the philosophy of physics.Aimed at students of both disciplines, Philosophy of Physics is a broad overview of the problems of contemporary philosophy of physics that readers of all levels of sophistication should find accessible and engaging. Professor Sklar’s talent for clarity (...)
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    Philosophy and Spacetime Physics.Lawrence Sklar - 1985 - University of California Press.
    Twelve essays explore the philosophy of science in general and the physical sciences in particular A common theme unites all twelve essays: In discussing the ...
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    Space, Time and Spacetime.Lawrence Sklar - 1976 - Journal of Philosophy 73 (11):306-323.
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  19. Do Unborn Hypotheses Have Rights?Lawrence Sklar - 1981 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 62 (1):17.
  20. Philosophy of Statistical Mechanics.Lawrence Sklar - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Statistical Explanation and Ergodic Theory.Lawrence Sklar - 1973 - Philosophy of Science 40 (2):194-212.
    Some philosphers of science of an empiricist and pragmatist bent have proposed models of statistical explanation, but have then become sceptical of the adequacy of these models. It is argued that general considerations concerning the purpose of function of explanation in science which are usually appealed to by such philosophers show that their scepticism is not well taken; for such considerations provide much the same rationale for the search for statistical explanations, as these philosophers have characterized them, as they do (...)
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    Saving the Noumena.Lawrence Sklar - 1982 - Philosophical Topics 13 (1):89-110.
  23. KG Denbigh and JS Denbigh, Entropy in Relation to Incomplete Knowledge Reviewed By.Lawrence Sklar - 1987 - Philosophy in Review 7 (2):54-55.
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    A Realist Philosophy of Science.Lawrence Sklar & Jerrold L. Aronson - 1986 - Philosophical Review 95 (3):444.
  25. Unfair to Frequencies.Lawrence Sklar - 1973 - Journal of Philosophy 70 (2):41-52.
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    Is Probability a Dispositional Property?Lawrence Sklar - 1970 - Journal of Philosophy 67 (11):355-366.
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    Philosophy of Physics.Lawrence SKLAR - 1992 - Philosophical Quarterly 44 (177):538-540.
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  28. Time, Reality, and Relativity.Lawrence Sklar - 1981 - In R. Healey (ed.), Reduction, Time, and Relativity. Cambridge University Press.
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  29. Spacetime and Conventionalism.Lawrence Sklar - 2002 - Philosophy of Science 71 (5):950-959.
    Salmon, following Reichenbach and others, maintained that distant simultaneity was conventional in a special relativistic world in a way in which this was not so in prerelativistic spacetime. This paper surveys and criticizes a number of proposals to unpack this claim. It goes on to argue that if the claim has validity, it rests upon differing facts about epistemic accessibility of temporal relations in the different spacetimes, and not directly upon any facts about differing causal structures in these worlds.
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    Saving the Noumena.Lawrence Sklar - 1982 - Philosophical Topics 13 (1):89-110.
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    Physical Theory: Method and Interpretation.Lawrence Sklar (ed.) - 2014 - Oup Usa.
    In nine new essays, distinguished philosophers of science discuss outstanding issues in scientific methodology --especially that of the physical sciences-and address philosophical questions that arise in the exploration of the foundations of contemporary science.
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  32. Up and Down, Left and Right, Past and Future.Lawrence Sklar - 1981 - Noûs 15 (2):111-129.
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    The Existence of Space and Time.Lawrence Sklar & Ian Hinckfuss - 1978 - Philosophical Review 87 (1):123.
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    Philosophy and Spacetime Physics.Lawrence Sklar - 1991 - Noûs 25 (4):574-578.
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    I'd Love to Be a Naturalist—If Only I Knew What Naturalism Was.Lawrence Sklar - 2010 - Philosophy of Science 77 (5):1121-1137.
  36. How Free Are Initial Conditions?Lawrence Sklar - 1990 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:551 - 564.
    Those who think of some aspects of the world as "physically necessary" usually think of this kind of necessity as being confined to the general law of nature, initial conditions being "contingent." Tachyon theory and general relativity provide independent but related reasons for thinking that some initial states are, however, "impossible." And statistical mechanics seems to lead us to conclude that some initial conditions are, if not impossible, "highly improbable." We are then, led from these aspects of physics to wonder (...)
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  37. The Falsifiability of Geometric Theories.Lawrence Sklar - 1967 - Journal of Philosophy 64 (8):247-253.
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    The Elusive Object of Desire: In Pursuit of the Kinetic Equations and the Second Law.Lawrence Sklar - 1986 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1986:209 - 225.
    Despite over one-hundred years of effort, the origin of temporal asymmetry in the physical world still eludes us. While much has been learned about the role played by fundamental instabilities in microdynamics, by the imperfect isolation of systems and by cosmological facts in the origin of the behavior described by kinetic theory and thermodynamics, important puzzles still remain which continue to make the origins of asymmetric thermal behavior out of dynamically time symmetric underlying laws mysterious to us.
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    In the Wake of Chaos: Unpredictable Order in Dynamic Systems. Stephen H. Kellert.Lawrence Sklar - 1997 - Philosophy of Science 64 (1):184-185.
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    Incongruous Counterparts, Intrinsic Features and the Substantiviality of Space.Lawrence Sklar - 1974 - Journal of Philosophy 71 (9):277-290.
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    Philosophy and Spacetime Physics.Lawrence Sklar - 1989 - Philosophy of Science 56 (4):714-717.
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    Inertia, Gravitation and Metaphysics.Lawrence Sklar - 1976 - Philosophy of Science 43 (1):1-23.
    Several variant "Newtonian" theories of inertia and gravitation are described, and their scientific usefulness discussed. An examination of these theories is used to throw light on traditional epistemological and metaphysical questions about space and time. Finally these results are examined in the light of the changes induced by the transition from "Newtonian" to general relativistic spacetime.
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    Absolute Space and the Metaphysics of Theories.Lawrence Sklar - 1972 - Noûs 6 (4):289-309.
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    What Might Be Right About the Causal Theory of Time.Lawrence Sklar - 1977 - Synthese 35 (2):155 - 171.
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    Varieties of Explanatory Autonomy.Lawrence Sklar - unknown
    This is the text of a talk given at the Robert and Sarah Boote Conference in Reductionism and Anti-Reductionism in Physics, 22-23 April, 2006, Center for Philosophy of Science University of Pittsburgh.
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    Physics, Metaphysics, and Method in Newton's Dynamics.Lawrence Sklar - 2002 - In Richard M. Gale (ed.), The Blackwell Guide to Metaphysics. Blackwell. pp. 1.
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    Idealization and Explanation: A Case Study From Statistical Mechanics.Lawrence Sklar - 1993 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 18 (1):258-270.
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    Naturalism and the Interpretation of Theories.Lawrence Sklar - 2001 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 75 (2):43 - 58.
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    Probability as a Theoretical Concept.Lawrence Sklar - 1979 - Synthese 40 (3):409 - 414.
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    The Matter of Chance. [REVIEW]Lawrence Sklar - 1974 - Journal of Philosophy 71 (13):418-423.
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