Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Principles, philosophy of science: physical principles are not the same as laws of nature. Rather, laws can be gained from principles or traced back to principles. Examples are the principle of the shortest time, the principle of the smallest effect, the uncertainty principle. See also theories, laws of nature, laws, natural constants.
 
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Duhem I 53
Descartes: "In physics, I do not admit any principles that are not permissible in mathematics. These principles are sufficient to support all that I deduce with evidence.

Duh I
P. Duhem
Ziel und Struktur der physikalischen Theorien Hamburg 1998


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-27