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Big systems versus stocky tangles: it can matter to the details.

Cartwright, N. (2017) 'Big systems versus stocky tangles: it can matter to the details.', Erkenntnis. .


Wolfgang Spohn’s Frege prize lecture, like the work on which it is based, is a tour de force of rich, elegant, coherent argument about how the projected world that we experience is constructed. But we do not live in this projected world nor reason about it. The things Spohn constructs are there from the start—or so my Stanford School pragmatism teaches. This paper explores a deep difference in philosophical approaches—Spohn’s elegant proofs versus the stocky, tangled arguments I advocate—and illustrates how these play out in far more detailed disputes about the nature of causality and causal inference.

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