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Nancy Cartwright on Distribution Function - Dictionary of Arguments

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Distribution function/Probability distribution/Cartwright: There is not real - false "which p.f. is in this room?". - correct: it only exists in the model. - That is, in real space, the vectors do not exist. - Another problem: the "billiard" model is true for simple, but not for complex situations. - Analogy/Billiards/Sellars: takes place at a higher level. - The relations between the properties are analogous, not the features themselves - E.g. laser and oscillator have no characteristics in common. - ((s) Even though the behavior described in part by the same equations.) - CartwrightVsSellars: the generality and validity without exception is only an illusion.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

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N. Cartwright
How the laws of physics lie Oxford New York 1983

CartwrightR I
R. Cartwright
A Neglected Theory of Truth. Philosophical Essays, Cambridge/MA pp. 71-93
Theories of Truth, Paul Horwich, Aldershot 1994

CartwrightR II
R. Cartwright
Ontology and the theory of meaning Chicago 1954

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