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Natural Constants, philosophy: Natural constants or physical constants are quantities whose value is unchangeable as opposed to changes in space and time. Physical constants are usually stated as a quotient, that is, a ratio of two quantities with respective units of measure.
 
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Constants of nature / causation / explanation / Field: it only seems as if we needed real numbers to explain E.g. the lunar orbit. - But numbers have no causal role. (> Extrinsic explanation) - The constant of nature plays a very different role in the explanation than e.g. an electron. - the synthetic theory explains the equivalence of extrinsic and intrinsic explanation.

Fie I
H. Field
Realism, Mathematics and Modality Oxford New York 1989

Fie II
H. Field
Truth and the Absence of Fact Oxford New York 2001

Fie III
H. Field
Science without numbers Princeton New Jersey 1980


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-28