On component forces in physics : a pragmatic view

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Abstract

Do component forces exist? I argue that the answer lies in the affirmative, on historical and operational grounds.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhilosophy of science in practice : Nancy Cartwright and the nature of scientific reasoning
EditorsHsiang-Ke CHAO, Julian REISS
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages111-126
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319455327
ISBN (Print)9783319455303
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameSynthese Library
PublisherSpringer
Volume379

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Bibliographical note

This research was supported by the UGC, Hong Kong (‘The Instrument of Science’, Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship).

Paper presented at the International Conference on Evidence, Capacities, and Explanation - Cartwright's Philosophy, Sep 12-14, 2012, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Keywords

  • Operational Definition
  • Component Force
  • Resultant Force
  • Spring Balance
  • Heavy Body

Cite this

ROWBOTTOM, D. P. (2017). On component forces in physics : a pragmatic view. In H-K. CHAO, & J. REISS (Eds.), Philosophy of science in practice : Nancy Cartwright and the nature of scientific reasoning (pp. 111-126). (Synthese Library; Vol. 379). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45532-7_7