2004, English, Article, Journal or magazine article edition: Asymptotics, reduction and emergence Hooker, C. A.

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  • journal article
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  • Oxford University Press, 2004
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  • English

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Title
  • Asymptotics, reduction and emergence
Author
  • Hooker, C. A.
Other Contributors
  • The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Education &​ Arts, School of Humanities and Social Science
Published
  • Oxford University Press, 2004
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  • journal article
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  • All the major inter-theoretic relations of fundamental science are asymptotic ones, e.g. quantum theory as Planck's constant h → 0, yielding (roughly) Newtonian mechanics. Thus asymptotics ultimately grounds claims about inter-theoretic explanation, reduction and emergence. This paper examines four recent, central claims by Batterman concerning asymptotics and reduction. While these claims are criticised, the discussion is used to develop an enriched, dynamically-based account of reduction and emergence, to show its capacity to illuminate the complex variety of inter-theory relationships in physics, and to provide a principled resolution to such persistent philosophical problems as multiple realisability and the nature of the special sciences.
Language
  • English
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Identifier
  • oai:novaprd.newcastle.edu.au:uon:3741
  • ISSN:0007-0882

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