Robert W. Batterman

in The Devil in the Details

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195146479
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833078 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science


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This chapter introduces a number of key concepts that are important throughout the book. It offers an informal discussion of the nature of universality; an important, related, distinction between types of explanatory why‐questions; and a distinction between kinds of potential reductive relations between theories. I provide a broad overview of the role asymptotic reasoning plays in the proper understanding of explanation, reduction, and emergence.

Keywords: asymptotic reasoning; emergence; explanation; reduction; regular limits; singular limits

Chapter.  2401 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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