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Taking Reductionism to the Limit: How to Rebut the Anti-Reductionist Argument from Infinite Limits

Saatsi, Juha and Reutlinger, Alexander (2017) Taking Reductionism to the Limit: How to Rebut the Anti-Reductionist Argument from Infinite Limits. [Preprint]

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This paper analyses the anti-reductionist argument from renormalisation group explanations of universality, and shows how it can be rebutted if one assumes that the explanation in question is captured by the counterfactual dependence account of explanation.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Saatsi, JuhaJ.T.Saatsi@leeds.ac.uk
Reutlinger, AlexanderAlexander.Reutlinger@lrz.uni-muenchen.de
Additional Information: forthcoming in Philosophy of Science
Keywords: reductionism, reduction, emergence, renormalization group explanation, universality, non-causal explanation, counterfactual account of explanation
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Alexander Reutlinger
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2017 14:41
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2017 14:41
Item ID: 14029
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Date: October 2017
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14029

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